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

A. Palmer

Annette Del Sur: 1942

Annette Del Sur: 1942

October 1942. "Salvage queen Annette del Sur, an office employee at Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, California, with aluminum scraps collected at the plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Rosie at Work: 1942

Rosie at Work: 1942

June 1942. Engine inspector for North American Aviation at Long Beach, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

A Nice Hot Cup of Delicious Air

A Nice Hot Cup of Delicious Air

October 1942. Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

War Machine: 1942

War Machine: 1942

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

 

Angel of History: 1942

Angel of History: 1942

B-25 bomber cowl assembly, North American Aviation, Kansas City, Kansas. October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

In a Flattering Light: 1942

In a Flattering Light: 1942

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

 

A Full Tank: 1942

A Full Tank: 1942

June 1942. M-3 tank and crew at Fort Knox, Kentucky. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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