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Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell



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Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell

" Theres a Long, Long Trail A-Winding into the Land of My Dreams." Knitting themed illustration by Mabel Lucie Attwell showing a cherubic little girl knitting comforts for the troops. The title (a pun on the length of knitting being created) refers to " Theres a Long, Long Trail" - a popular song of World War I. The lyrics were by Stoddard King ) and the music by Alonzo " Zo" Elliott, both seniors at Yale. Date: 1917

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Attwell Cherubic Chubby Comforts Knitting Lucie Mabel Stool Trail Wool Woolly


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Theres a Long, Long Trail A-Winding: A Heartwarming Illustration of a Young Girl's Contribution to the Troops during World War I This enchanting illustration by Mabel Lucie Attwell, titled "Theres a Long, Long Trail," depicts a cherubic little girl intently focused on her knitting, her chubby fingers deftly weaving wool into a comforting piece for the soldiers at the front. The title is a clever play on words, referencing both the length of the knitting being created and the popular World War I song of the same name. Composed by Alonzo "Zo" Elliott and lyricist Stoddard King, both seniors at Yale University, the song "Theres a Long, Long Trail A-Winding" was first published in 1914. However, its popularity surged during the First World War, as the lyrics resonated with the public's longing for a return to peace and normalcy. The image of the young girl knitting for the troops is a poignant reminder of the many ways in which communities came together during times of conflict to provide support and comfort. The woolly stool and the warm, inviting home setting contrast starkly with the harsh realities of the battlefield, offering a glimmer of hope and solace. Mabel Lucie Attwell's illustration is a beautiful testament to the enduring power of human connection and the simple yet profound impact that even the smallest acts of kindness can have. This charming piece of history invites us to reflect on the resilience and compassion that have carried us through challenging times, and serves as a reminder of the importance of coming together to support one another.

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