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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

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.

 

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.

 
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