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Feminine Propensities: 1942

Feminine Propensities: 1942

August 1942. "Testing small diameter, high-speed twist drills, these women employed by Republic Drill & Tool, Chicago, roll the drills down a slight incline to determine regularity of diameter. It's a job requiring patience and finger dexterity, and these young women possess those definite feminine propensities for just such work." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.


Twist drills?

A term used by machinists! Nice. DRILL BIT to the regular weekend warrior/laymen.


Every woman is wearing glasses. I would assume that these are magnifiers of some kind to help her make quality control judgements.

[Safety glasses, to protect their eyes. - Dave]

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