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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Jack Delano

Danny the Driller: 1942

Danny the Driller: 1942

August 1942. "Nashville, Tennessee. Vultee Aircraft Company. Drilling holes for rivets in a fuselage on a sub-assembly line." In other words, doing prep work for Rosie. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Get Back, Jack: 1942

Get Back, Jack: 1942

July 1942. Florence, Alabama (vicinity). "Boy Scout camp swimming class." 35mm negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

4 Seconds Fast: 1943

4 Seconds Fast: 1943

March 1943. More Marceline, Missouri. "A dispatcher at work in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad offices." This fellow would seem to be sensitive to glare. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mission Control: 1943

Mission Control: 1943

March 1943. "Marceline, Missouri. A dispatcher at work in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad offices." We could use one of those desks at Shorpy Central. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Oil and Water: 1943

Oil and Water: 1943

March 1943. "Ash Fork, Arizona (vicinity). Passing an eastbound freight on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Winslow and Seligman." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Under the Hood: 1943

Under the Hood: 1943

June 1943. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Frances Heisler, a garage attendant at one of the Atlantic Refining Company garages. She was formerly a clerk in the payroll department of Curtis Publishing." Our fourth visit to this gas station. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Career Girl: 1943

Career Girl: 1943

June 1943. "Miss Frances Heisler, pump attendant at one of the Atlantic Refining Company garages in Philadelphia. She was formerly a clerk in the payroll department of the Curtis Publishing Co." Our third look at Frances on the job. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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