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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

Well Oiled: 1943

Well Oiled: 1943

June 1943. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Miss Natalie O'Donald, service-station attendant at the Atlantic Refining Company garages." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Pretty Girl Tag Seconded

Hear, hear!
She's beautiful.

Ahh - and on Saturday evening

When those lovely tresses dreamily unfold and trail with the scent of evening in Paris or - wait a minute, she could be jitterbugging, a whole different dream, never mind - - -

The boys are off to war so the women work.

Now gentlemen, no dippy comments now, no sticky wisecracks.

She has to have a job, and she is an adult woman, pretty maybe, but not a girl, she's a woman! And she did not get equal pay in the 40s, so the owner gets off cheap while she puts in long dirty hours and suffers the catcalls of the males who are not off in the war.

Let's be nice, and more modern if we can.

Atlantic Refining Company

It seems they hired some hotties during the war.

I'm with Shrike-all 3 of the ladies we've seen so far from there are very worthy of the pretty girls tag!

East of Laramie

Ah, what could be more quintessentially American than a plucky, confident girl and a shiny Buick?

Miss Natalie is gorgeous!

And she knows car stuff too! Who could ask for more?

Pretty Girl Tag

Maybe it's just my personal taste, but I think the young lady in the greasy coveralls is as, if not more, deserving of the tag than some of the examples of Haute Couture we've seen.

 
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