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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

H. Hollem

Lucille Mazurek: 1943

Lucille Mazurek: 1943

February 1943. Lucille Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service. Working at the Heil and Co. factory in Milwaukee on blackout lamps to be used on Air Force gasoline trailers. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Riveting: 1942

Riveting: 1942

October 1942. Riveter at work on a bomber at the Consolidated Aircraft factory in Fort Worth. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Fort Worth: 1942

Fort Worth: 1942

October 1942. Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft plant in Fort Worth, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information.

 

Ordnance Mate Waller: 1942

Ordnance Mate Waller: 1942

August 1942, Corpus Christi, Texas: "It's an intricate operation, installing a 30-caliber machine gun in a Navy PBY plane, but not too tricky for Jesse Rhodes Waller. He's a Georgia man who's been in the Navy 5-1/2 years. At the Naval Air Base he sees that the flying ships are kept in tip-top shape. Waller is an aviation ordnance mate." View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Eloise Ellis: 1942

Eloise Ellis: 1942

August 1942. "Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis has been appointed by civil service to be senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. She buoys up feminine morale in her department by arranging suitable living conditions for out-of-state employees and by helping them with their personal problems." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Corpus Christi: 1942

Corpus Christi: 1942

Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thanas at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. August 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Parking Brake? Check.

Parking Brake? Check.

Working on Catalina flying boat at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Base. August 1942. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 
 
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