As everyone knows, sailors and soldiers of old dispelled the myth that tough guys can’t sew. Quick and clean needle-repair acumen was a valuable skill at sea or on the march, and the popular Army and Navy Needle Books capitalized on that military mystique to appeal to the general stitching public. The little kits were produced for many years and in many different countries; the battleship depicted is variously identified as the Iowa (as seen here), the Massachusetts, the Maryland, or some other such vessel, and sometimes features no name at all. Later-made books continued to sport the classic late 19th-/early 20th-century look. With their varying covers and quaint, colorful artwork, the needle books, as one can imagine, are desired collectibles.