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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Sparky: 1942

Sparky: 1942

August 1942. Republic Drill and Tool Company, Chicago. "Women in industry. Tool production. Eyes averted from the white shower of sparks, this young employee of a drill and tool plant touches the button that welds drills to their shanks. She's one of nearly 1,000 women who have replaced men at the production machines of this Midwest factory." View full size. Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information.

 

Sparks

Just want to admire the pictorial effect of the sparks, lovely filaments of light and dynamic motion.

Side shields

I think she has the side shields on the glasses - those aren't shadows on the side of the glasses. You're right about the short sleeves, although to be fair, we don't know how close she is to the actual source of the sparks. Then too, there's always the worry about getting clothes caught up in the machinery. And when all else fails there's always "Don't you know there's a war on?" as the ultimate excuse for dodging safety practices.

[Those are shadows. - Dave]

Personal Protective Equipment

This lady needs some side shields on those glasses. She also needs to cover her hair and arms to protect her from the sparks. How times have changed.

Safety Glasses

Mmmmm . . . another pretty lady in safety goggles.

Foy
Las Vegas

 
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