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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.

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A Woman's Work: 1942

A Woman's Work: 1942

October 1942. "Women become skilled shop technicians after careful training in the school at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California. Planes made here include the B-17F Flying Fortress heavy bomber, A-20 assault bomber and C-47 transport." Happy Labor Day from Shorpy! 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

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It just goes to show

People that weren't considered smart or capable can surprise you, if you give them expectations and training. My grandmother was a parts inspector in the war, in Connecticut as well, but didn't work once her husband came home.

Beautiful image

What a fantastic Kodachrome shot. And a beautiful blog.

Al's oeuvre

Al Palmer took hundreds of these pictures for the OWI at Long Beach, mostly black and white. More here.

Duty calls

My mother was asked to work in a factory like this during those same years in Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley, a very industrial group of small towns. She was an inspector for clocks and gauges that went into submarines and planes. All able-bodied women were "encouraged" to do their duty to assist in the war effort. Grandma had to care for us kids as "her duty." Everybody got enlisted in one way or the other. Kids collected scrap metal and newspapers.

A Woman's Work?

I don't see no stove.

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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