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Knows the Drill: 1942

Knows the Drill: 1942

August 1942. "Women in industry. Tool production. A job which was formerly done by hand (and by men) is done in this large Midwest drill and tool plant by women at machines. These young workers are putting precision-ground points on drills which will be used in production of America's ships, tanks and guns. It takes at least four months to train these young women in the operation of these machines, but at the end of that period their work is speedy and efficient, and this company has found that both production and the quality of the drill points have improved. Republic Drill and Tool Company, Chicago." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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In her lap

A selection of drill bits. She's either finishing off the tips of newly manufactured ones or resharpening used ones, I'd guess.

Sellers drill grinder

The web offers up photos of the machine in use, called a Sellers 1G-1 or similar.

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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