These coveralls come from the Claude Addison McElroy collection. Like his father before him, Claude McElroy attended Rice Institute in 1941. He joined the first Naval ROTC class and was called to duty in July 1942. His collection consists mainly of letters to and from his friends at Rice and his mother, Alma Elizabeth McElroy. When he returned from the war, he completed his education at Rice and graduated in 1947. A few years later McElory started Faroy Candles with his friend Preston Frazier.
Back to the outfit, it looks like it might have been made at the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, HI for McElroy’s son and worn in the 1950s. Now, there is nothing that ties McElroy to Hawaii, but a friend could have commissioned the outfit as a gift. It’s rather unclear. What is clear is that it’s adorable.
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