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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WHEN WE'RE WRONG, LET'S SAY SO: 1929

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Big & Tall: 1908

Big & Tall: 1908

December 1908. "Catawba Cotton Mills. Newton, N.C. It seems a pity that some of the spinning frames are so large that the children cannot operate them." Glass negative (and sardonic caption) by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Pioneer Parachute: 1942

Pioneer Parachute: 1942

August 1942. "Production. Parachute making. As these two girls thread shroud cords through the material, these yards of silk become more nearly recognizable as one of the parachutes turned out by this Eastern plant. Pioneer Parachute Company, Manchester, Connecticut." Photo by William Rittase for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Manned by Women: 1942

Manned by Women: 1942

August 1942. Republic Drill and Tool Co., Chicago. "Pioneers of the production line, these two young workers are among the first women ever to operate a center­less grinder, a machine requiring both the knowledge of precision measuring inst­ruments, and considerable experience and skill in setting up. In this Midwest drill and tool plant, manned almost exclusively by women, centerless grinders have been efficiently operated by women for more than a year, and company prod­uction figures have continued to soar." Medium-format nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mass Production: 1903

Mass Production: 1903

November 1903. "Assembling room, Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Co., Detroit. Men working in foundry and machine shop that produced automobile engines and merged with Cadillac Motor Co. in 1905." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Handle With Care: 1942

Handle With Care: 1942

        UPDATE: This is, as far as the Shorpy Research Department can tell, from a series of photos taken by Andreas Feininger in June 1942 at the East Hartford, Conn., engine manufacturing plant of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.

Circa 1942. We've lost the caption for this photo of a lady operating yet another War-Winning Widget in Factorytown, USA. What is she making? View full size.

 

Some Assembly Required: 1942

Some Assembly Required: 1942

August 1942. "Vultee Aircraft Co., Nashville. Using an electric drill on a fuselage in a sub-assembly section." Another boy putting an airplane together during WW2. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Danny the Driller: 1942

Danny the Driller: 1942

August 1942. "Nashville, Tennessee. Vultee Aircraft Company. Drilling holes for rivets in a fuselage on a sub-assembly line." In other words, doing prep work for Rosie. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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