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Vintage photos of:
December 1941. "Treads for Army halftracks, made of rubber firmly bonded to steel members, are cured under heat and pressure in molds which are first sprayed with a lubricant. Goodrich tire plant, Akron, Ohio." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.
April 1942. DeLand, Florida, machine shop pool. "Aircraft construction class. Clyde Williams, instructor in the Daytona Beach Vocational School, guides the hands of Marie Myers in the first steps of becoming an aircraft welder. Marie was a high school student taking a business course, when she gave it up for defense training entitling her to a high school diploma. She has two brothers in the Army." View full size. 4x5 negative by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information.