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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

The Red Socks: 1942

The Red Socks: 1942

October 1942. Yet another still from the Technicolor pajama party that was the American aircraft industry in World War II: "Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Douglas Aircraft

No. 12 is the department; the others are employee number.

Baggies

It appears that incredibly wide-legged jeans have been here before! Iimagine that the numbers were some kind of employee ID?

Numbers

That woman is gorgeous! Anyone have any idea what the numbers on their pins signify?

[Employee ID tags. - Dave]

 
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