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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

A. Palmer

The Avengers: 1943

The Avengers: 1943

February 1943. "Working on a 'Vengeance' dive bomber at Vultee Aircraft in Nashville, Tennessee." Gunning away at the Axis, one rivet at a time. Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Take Me to Your Welder: 1942

Take Me to Your Welder: 1942

June 1942. "Combustion Engineering Co., Chattanooga, Tennessee. Welder making boilers for a ship." A definite 1950s sci-fi vibe here. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Killer B: 1942

Killer B: 1942

July 1942. "Production. B-25 bombers. Mounting a 1700-horsepower Wright Whirlwind engine to the firewall of a B-25 bomber. Fairfax bomber plant, Kansas City." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Irma the Ironer: 1941

Irma the Ironer: 1941

December 1941. Akron, Ohio. "Manufacture of self-sealing gas tanks, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co." A patriotic ensemble of red, white and blue. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Condition Red: 1941

Condition Red: 1941

December 1941. "Electronics technician, Goodyear Aircraft Corp., Akron, Ohio." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, OWI. View full size.

 

Top Gun: 1942

Top Gun: 1942

June 1942. "Crewman of an M-3 tank, Fort Knox, Kentucky." Or could it be Fort Dix? Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

Paging Rosie: 1942

Paging Rosie: 1942

October 1942. "Douglas Aircraft plant at Long Beach, California. An A-20 bomber being riveted by a woman worker." (With, yes, a power drill.) 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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