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Traffic-Stoppers: 1943

Traffic-Stoppers: 1943

February 1943. "Women in essential services. Mrs. E.K. Sabel and Mrs. J.R. Harris, members of the Women's Safety Traffic Reserve in Oakland, California, are among the many mothers who are keeping the city's accident rate low by guarding crossings during school hours." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Buried Memory

I must have had a rain outfit with a hood like that when I was a small boy, because looking at those I can immediately feel the rain dribbling in at the sides.


At first glance I thought they were nuns.

Low accident rate?

I guess these gals went back home after the war. Based on the astonishing number of Oakland car crash pictures from the late 40s and 50's we have seen here on Shorpy, there sure wasn't anyone ensuring safety by then!

Whatever they were doing

to keep Oakland's accident rate low apparently didn't work very well, as evidenced by the NUMEROUS Oakland traffic accident meme photos posted hereon.

The very latest in rainwear

Love the gathered waist. Slims as it sheds.

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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