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Women Wipers: 1943
May 1943. Clinton, Iowa. " Women wipers of the Chicago & North Western Railroad ... of the Big Boys in their heyday - and more of the Women Wipers too! [Click the link in the caption. - Dave] Not to diminish ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/02/2014 - 5:33pm -

Women Wipers: 1943

Marcella Hart: 1943
April 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Mrs. Marcella Hart, mother of three, employed as a wiper at the ... the Long Island RR. The steam engines are gone, as are the wipers, but we still get just as filthy! Wipers OK, thanks "Our Mom" for the mental images - but what does a wiper do ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/30/2012 - 6:43pm -

Marcella Hart: 1943

Marcella and Viola: 1943
April 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Marcella Hart and Viola Sievers, wipers for the Chicago & North Western Railroad, cleaning one of the giant ... by Jack Delano. View full size. Engine wipers I wonder if they fell in love with steam, as so many of us are. I ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 1:05am -

Marcella and Viola: 1943

Marcella and Elibia: 1943
Women employed as roundhouse wipers having lunch, Chicago & North Western Railroad, Clinton, Iowa. Marcella Hart is at left, Mrs. Elibia Siematter at right. April ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 1:05am -

Marcella and Elibia: 1943

On Top of Old Steamy: 1943
Clinton, Iowa. April 1943. "Chicago & North Western Railroad. Women wipers at the roundhouse cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." In the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/30/2012 - 6:47pm -

On Top of Old Steamy: 1943

Bathtime for Baby H
April 1943. "Viola Sievers, one of the wipers at the Chicago & North Western roundhouse, giving a giant "H" class locomotive a bath of live steam at Clinton, Iowa. Mrs. Sievers is the sole support of her mother and has a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/30/2012 - 9:41pm -

Bathtime for Baby H
 
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