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March 1943. "Barstow, California. A brakeman on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad resting in his caboose at night." Pinup reading material includes: SLENDERIZE YOUR HIPS and SEX WAS MY RACKET. Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
March 1943. "Needles, Calif. Electrician B. Fitzgerald cleaning the headlight of a locomotive at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe yard. All engines operating west of Needles are equipped with hooded headlights in accordance with the blackout regulations." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.
August 1942. "Women in white doctor Navy planes (motors) at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mildred Webb, an National Youth Administration trainee at the base, is learning to operate a cutting machine in the Assembly and Repair Department. After about eight weeks as an apprentice she will be eligible for a civil service job in the capacity for which she has been trained." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information. View full size.