The jester's face is just creepy.

Don't you have to dry clean wool? What is this with the "washing"???
Depends on the wool. Some are "superwash" today, which means they've either been coated with a polymer or treated with chemicals to remove the scales on the individual hairs - those locking down when wool is heated & agitated is what causes the shrinkage. Those can be washed without a problem. Not sure what technique they'd have been using back then...maybe it was a wool blend.

Most wools are safe to wash at home if you don't agitate them. Garments or yarn can be placed in hot water, to which something like Dawn dishwashing soap has been added (but not agitated to create foam - it'll never rinse out!). It needs to soak for a while, not agitated or wrung, then put in rinse water of a matching temperature. It can be dried by gentle squeezing and then wrapping up in a towel and pressing, then dried flat. My spinning teacher also told me never, never use Woolite, as counterintuitive as that may be. It is actually alkaline-balanced for plant fibers, like linen or cotton, not animal fibers. They're a whole 'nother critter. :)

And is that more than you wanted to know about washing wool? :) And yeah, there's definitely something off about that jester.
I hand wash a lot of my woollens, even those labelled "dry clean only", but I like to buy machine-washable woollies where possible. These days they even make machine-washable cashmere jumpers, though I'm not sure how. In the '40s, I guess hand-washing was more common, and washing machines probably didn't agitate the clothes as much as modern ones do.
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Hmm, Some of the "Wizard of Oz" remakes are interesting...
The phrase, "I've robbed the rainbow," makes me think of Skittles ("Taste the rainbow").