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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Working Mother: 1943

Working Mother: 1943

April 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Mrs. Irene Bracker, mother of two, employed at the roundhouse as a wiper, Chicago & North Western R.R." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Make up or no make up...

The women who stayed stateside during WW2 really helped us win the war by taking on all sorts of manufacturing jobs to help the war effort. (To them I say thanks!) I've met a lot of WW2 vets over the years, but never met one of the women who served in the labor force while their husbands were over seas. Maybe they were modest.

Also, most non-railroad types will have to look up WIPER to see what they did. Not a glorious position, but important none the less.

Striking resemblance

Marin Alsop, Conductor of The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra:

Those goggles

I knew they reminded me of someone.

Mrs. Irene Bracke

I like the way Delano let her go put her makeup on before he took this amazing picture.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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