The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

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.

WEB SITE & CONTENTS
© 2014 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943

Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943

February 1943. Heil & Co., Milwaukee. "Agnes Cliemka, age 23, husband may be going into the service any day. Agnes used to work in a department store. Checking fuel hose on gasoline trailer before it is turned over to the Air Force." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem. View full size.

 

Agnes

Although I don't consider Agnes overweight her weight may have been one reason why she was hired if her boss believed tip number three in this "Guide to Hiring Women" that appeared in Transportation Magazine in 1943:

General experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are just a little on the heavy side - are more even-tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.

This could be last week

A real sense of the modern here.

You have to admit…

…that she is wearing Mom jeans, though.

Not another one!

Why do we always have to comment on people's weight?? It's rude and unnecessary. Furthermore it is sexist. Every time I look at a photo of a man on here, I don't say, "Wow, that guy is skinnier/fatter/more muscular/etc than men are nowadays!"

[The reason people leave comments like that is to read comments like this. - Dave]

Agnes

One reason that Agnes looks modern might be cause she she is overweight!

Agnes

She looks so modern! This was 65 years ago, but I feel like I could walk into a Milwaukee factory tomorrow and see Agnes. Fascinating.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.