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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.
April 1942. "Aircraft construction class. The flame of welding torches has replaced the soft lights of a nightclub in Daytona Beach, which has been taken over for a vocational school to train war workers for Florida's pooling program. Pictured above is instructor C.C. Gravelge showing one of his classes the difficult art of overhead welding in preparation for their initiation into aircraft welding jobs on the De Land pool's war contract." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
August 1910. Every one of these was working in the cotton mill at North Pownal, Vermont, and they were running a small force. Dave Noel, 14; Theodore Momeady, 15, working three years. Albert Sylvester, 16, working one year; Eugene Willett, 13, working one year; Arthur Noel, 15, working one year; P. Tetro, 15, working one year; T. King, 14, working one year. Clarence Noel, 11, working one year. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
April 1942. De Land pool aircraft construction class. Secretaries, housewives, waitresses, women from all over Central Florida are learning war work. Typical are those above in the Daytona Beach branch of the Volusia County Vocational School. Left to right are Helen Cook, a former county courthouse clerk with a brother in the Army; Ethel Chandler, whose husband is an Army lieutenant; Martha Adams, former nurse and now a housewife; Fannie Branum, housewife; Mabel McClintock, secretary and daughter of a retired Army officer; and Patricia Blair, a housewife with a brother in the Air Corps. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
April 1942. De Land, Florida, machine shop pool. "Aircraft construction class. These carefree high school students are learning the serious business of war production in a Daytona Beach vocational school located in a revamped nightclub. Instructor Gil Angell (with piston in his hand) is showing the group how to assemble an airplane engine. Left to right are Wilson Flippo, Angell, Dewey Stewart, 19; Ken Kirkpatrick, 18; Bill Jackson and Ned Brown, 18. Jobs already are waiting for most of them when they finish their courses." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.