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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SWING INTO BOOKS

Ann Rosener

The Junkman Cometh: 1942

The Junkman Cometh: 1942

October 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Salvage. To feed the nation's munitions furnaces, tons of scrap from America's attics and basements are collected every day. Here, a junkman unloads his wagon in a central depot, where the scrap will be segregated and graded for shipment to steel mills." Medium format nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Girls on Wheels: 1943

Girls on Wheels: 1943

February 1943. "Girls on wheels expedite aircraft production. Literally helping to speed the war effort, Dolores Richardson and Geneva Carpenter are 'expeditors' at Douglas Aircraft in El Segundo, California, where they deliver inter-departmental messages on roller skates." Medium format acetate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Correct Salute: 1943

The Correct Salute: 1943

March 1943. "Safe clothes for women war workers. Estelle Hendel, twenty-eight, a guard at the Bendix Aviation Plant in Brooklyn, New York, stands before the company service flag and gives the correct salute." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Wartime Rail: 1942

Wartime Rail: 1942

September 1942. The Kroger warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Freight car movements. With transportation assuming vast new importance in wartime America, movement of freight cars must be accomplished with the fullest efficiency and speed. Loss and diversion of ocean carriers which served our seaboard cities have thrown an enormous burden upon the railroads." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

War Scrap: 1942

War Scrap: 1942

July 1942. "Salvage. Chicago automobile graveyard. Idle scrap: It belongs in the scrap. Covering well over an acre, this automobile graveyard in Chicago holds tons of vital scrap metal and rubber for which Uncle Sam has urgent need in the manufacture of armaments and other war materials." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Official Business: 1942

Official Business: 1942

October 1942. Milwaukee, Wis. "Women in war. Supercharger plant workers. To replace men who have been called to armed service, many young girls like 19-year-old Jewel Halliday are taking jobs never before held by women. Her job is shuttling workers between two Midwest war plants for Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Second Helping: 1942

A Second Helping: 1942

June 1942. Meanwhile, back in Chicago, we return to the Kassalo family kitchen for a another helping of "American as the Smiths and Joneses." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Made in America: 1942

Made in America: 1942

June 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Manpower. Americans all. His war job with Pressed Steel Can Car Company gives Michael Kassalo an extra good appetite. Operating a vertical turret lathe in a Midwest tank plant, Michael is one of many hundreds of first- and second-generation Americans whose sole purpose during working hours is to get as many tanks as possible off the lines and ready for shipment to the fighting fronts. Michael's grandparents, with whom he lives, cling to the Slavic language and to many 'Old Country' customs, but Michael and his brothers and sisters are as American as the Smiths and Joneses." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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