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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JEWISH RELIEF CAMPAIGN, 1917

Factories

Knows the Drill: 1942

Knows the Drill: 1942

August 1942. "Women in industry. Tool production. A job which was formerly done by hand (and by men) is done in this large Midwest drill and tool plant by women at machines. These young workers are putting precision-ground points on drills which will be used in production of America's ships, tanks and guns. It takes at least four months to train these young women in the operation of these machines, but at the end of that period their work is speedy and efficient, and this company has found that both production and the quality of the drill points have improved. Republic Drill and Tool Company, Chicago." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Lever of Power: 1942

Lever of Power: 1942

August 1942. "Women in industry. Aircraft motor workers. A million-dollar baby, not in terms of money but in her value to Uncle Sam, 21-year-old Eunice Hancock, erstwhile five-and-ten-cent store employee, operates a compressed-air grinder in a Midwest aircraft motor plant. With no previous experience, Eunice quickly mastered the techniques of her war job and today is turning out motor parts with speed and skill. Note protective mask and visor, two vital safety accessories." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Detroit Iron: 1903

Detroit Iron: 1903

1903. "Detroit Iron and Steel Co. mill." One of the wonders of the Rust Belt. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tithing Dept.: 1902

Tithing Dept.: 1902

1902. "Tithing department, National Cash Register Co., Dayton, Ohio." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Michigan Sugar: 1908

Michigan Sugar: 1908

1908. "Michigan Sugar Co., Saginaw." Processor of sugar beets. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Working His Way Up: 1916

Working His Way Up: 1916

June 20, 1916. Fall River, Massachusetts. "Marian Viera, 101 Columbia St., Doffer in mill. Says he gets $7.74 a week." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Vertical Balance: 1942

Vertical Balance: 1942

June 1942. "John Sonesen, propeller grinder at a Hartford, Connecticut, plant, inspects a blade for a vertical balance during the operation of grinding it to correct contours in a template. This Hamilton blade will be assembled in a pitch-controlling Hydra-Matic mechanism to help power one of our new warplanes." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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