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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

A. Palmer

First Flight: 1942

First Flight: 1942

B-25 bombers on the outdoor assembly line at North American Aviation, almost ready for their first test flight. Kansas City, Kansas. October 1942. View full size. 5x4 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI.

 

B-25 Final Assembly

B-25 Final Assembly

1942. "B-25 bomber final assembly line at North American Aviation works, Inglewood, Calif." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Just You Wait, Mr. Hitler: 1942

Just You Wait, Mr. Hitler: 1942

Engine installer, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California. October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

The Avenger: 1943

The Avenger: 1943

Working on a "Vengeance" dive-bomber at Vultee-Nashville. February 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Roger the Riveter: 1942

Roger the Riveter: 1942

Riveter at Douglas Aircraft Corporation plant in Long Beach, California. October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Muscle Shoals: 1942

Muscle Shoals: 1942

Furnace man at phosphate smelter, TVA chemical plant near Muscle Shoals, Alabama. June 1942. View full size. Photograph by Alfred Palmer.

 

Outta My Way: 1942

Outta My Way: 1942

Tank driver, Fort Knox. June 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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