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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Just You Wait, Mr. Hitler: 1942

Just You Wait, Mr. Hitler: 1942

Engine installer, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California. October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Engine installer

For one thing, I think this picture is posed as well as the other one with the 3 ladys also installing engines, you wouldn't be that clen and neat or wearing a loose hanging sweater and rings on your fingers doing any type of engine or mechanical work. Safety would require anyone to remove those items to prevent getting stuck on the equipment or any FOD (Foreign Object Damage) to engines while being assembled.

[As we have pointed out elsewhere, most of the Palmer photos were posed. Some were used as studies by illustrators painting recruitment and bond drive posters. - Dave]

Rosie the Riveter?

As part of our world war II time line - we could include the working women who built the machines to doom Hitler.

[This one is more Ruby the Ratcheter - Dave]

RwR

Really awesome! Great, Just GREAT!

Just You Wait, Mr. Hitler: 1942

DYNAMITE photograph!!!

 
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