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February 1943. "Mrs. Mary Betchner measuring 105mm howitzers at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plant of the Chain Belt Company. Her son is in the Army; her husband and daughter are in war work." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes. As a National Youth Administration trainee at the Naval Air Base, he gets practical experience. After about eight weeks, he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem. View full size.
April 1942. "Aircraft construction class. The flame of welding torches has replaced the soft lights of a nightclub in Daytona Beach, which has been taken over for a vocational school to train war workers for Florida's pooling program. Pictured above is instructor C.C. Gravelge showing one of his classes the difficult art of overhead welding in preparation for their initiation into aircraft welding jobs on the De Land pool's war contract." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
April 1942. De Land pool aircraft construction class. Secretaries, housewives, waitresses, women from all over Central Florida are learning war work. Typical are those above in the Daytona Beach branch of the Volusia County Vocational School. Left to right are Helen Cook, a former county courthouse clerk with a brother in the Army; Ethel Chandler, whose husband is an Army lieutenant; Martha Adams, former nurse and now a housewife; Fannie Branum, housewife; Mabel McClintock, secretary and daughter of a retired Army officer; and Patricia Blair, a housewife with a brother in the Air Corps. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
April 1942. De Land, Florida, machine shop pool. "Aircraft construction class. These carefree high school students are learning the serious business of war production in a Daytona Beach vocational school located in a revamped nightclub. Instructor Gil Angell (with piston in his hand) is showing the group how to assemble an airplane engine. Left to right are Wilson Flippo, Angell, Dewey Stewart, 19; Ken Kirkpatrick, 18; Bill Jackson and Ned Brown, 18. Jobs already are waiting for most of them when they finish their courses." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
August 1942. Naval Air Base at Corpus Christi, Texas. Jesse Rhodes Waller, aviation ordnance mate third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.