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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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Guys and Dolls: 1942

Guys and Dolls: 1942

Spring 1942. "Detroit, Michigan. Girls coming out of the Highland Park Chrysler plant." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Jonas Glass Works: 1909

Jonas Glass Works: 1909

November 1909. "A group of workers in Jonas Glass Works, Minotola, N.J. These are typical of conditions in Southern New Jersey although one finds, occasionally, a few younger workers." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Feminine Propensities: 1942

Feminine Propensities: 1942

August 1942. "Testing small diameter, high-speed twist drills, these women employed by Republic Drill & Tool, Chicago, roll the drills down a slight incline to determine regularity of diameter. It's a job requiring patience and finger dexterity, and these young women possess those definite feminine propensities for just such work." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Sugar Factory: 1915

The Sugar Factory: 1915

Crockett, Calif., circa 1915. "South view of refinery and entrance to Loring Avenue." Plant of the California & Hawaii Sugar Refining Co. View full size.

 

Rosie the Router: 1942

Rosie the Router: 1942

December 1942. "Mary Miller, operator of a router at the Boeing plant in Seattle, drills holes in a part for a new B-17F (Flying Fortress) bomber. The Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber capable of flying at high altitudes, has performed with great credit in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Strike Lounge: 1937

Strike Lounge: 1937

January 1937. Flint, Michigan. "Sit-down strikers. Fisher Body plant No. 3." The labor action that led to the unionization of the American auto industry. Note the "sleeping car" at right. Photo by Sheldon Dick. View full size.

 

Fledglings: 1942

Fledglings: 1942

1942. "Final assembly at Vultee's Downey, California, plant of the BT-13A 'Valiant' basic trainer -- a fast, sturdy ship powered by a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine." Photo by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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