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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

H. Hollem

Some Assembly Required: 1942

Some Assembly Required: 1942

Mating operation on a C-87 transport plane just before it comes to the pre- assembly line at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas. October 1942. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Fuselage Mating Fixture: 1942

Fuselage Mating Fixture: 1942

Fitting the tail of a C-87 transport plane to the wing center section in the fuselage mating fixture at the Consolidated Aircraft plant, Fort Worth, Texas. October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Liberator: 1942

Liberator: 1942

Wing center section of a Liberator bomber at the Consolidated Aircraft plant. October 1942. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

J.D. Estes: 1942

J.D. Estes: 1942

J.D. Estes at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. August 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Wipe Feet: 1942

Wipe Feet: 1942

August 1942. "With a woman's determination, Lorena Craig takes over a man-size job in Corpus Christi, Texas. Before she came to work at the Naval Air Base she was a department store girl. Now she is a cowler under civil service." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem. View full size.

 
 
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