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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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Riveting: 1942

Riveting: 1942

October 1942. Riveter at work on a bomber at the Consolidated Aircraft factory in Fort Worth. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

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It's like I see my own grandmother, 65 years ago. She was 20 years old and she repaired airplanes that were shot to pieces. Somewhere deep down in Germany...

Factory Chic

I adore that outfit. I would so copy this look.


I didn't know babes in blue built big bombers. Nice!


My mom, Rosie (real name), worked at a food dehydrator in WWII (not as a riveter). She passed away 6 years ago today (12/7/2001). Here's to all the hard working gals of WWII.

Thanks Mom!

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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