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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Factories

A Little Spinner: 1909

A Little Spinner: 1909

January 1909. "A little spinner in Globe Cotton Mill. Augusta, Ga. The overseer admitted she was regularly employed." View full size. Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Just Wandered In: 1908

Just Wandered In: 1908

December 3, 1908. "A little spinner in the Mollahan Mills, Newberry, S.C. She was tending her 'sides' like a veteran, but after I took the photo, the overseer came up and said in an apologetic tone that was pathetic, 'She just happened in.' Then a moment later he repeated the information. The mills appear to be full of youngsters that 'just happened in,' or are 'helping sister.' Witness Sara R. Hine." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

New Oldses: 1951

New Oldses: 1951

"1951 Oldsmobile final assembly." View full size. Ex General Motors archives.

 

Little Spinner: 1909

Little Spinner: 1909

"A little spinner in a Georgia cotton mill." January 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Scan from 5x7 glass plate negative.

 

Laverne & Shirley: 1942

Laverne & Shirley: 1942

Grinder operators at Republic Drill & Tool, Chicago. August 1942. View full size. Photograph by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information.

 

The Barefoot Sweeper: 1916

The Barefoot Sweeper: 1916

15-year-old sweeper in the spinning and spooling room of Berkshire Cotton Mills. Adams, Massachusetts. July 10, 1916. View full size. Photo by Lewis Hine.

 

Women factory workers

Women factory workers

Mrs. Ruth Van Fleet (named in the photo) lived with my grandmother until Van Fleet's death in 1943. The exact date of this image is unknown, but it looks like the women could be working in a munitions factory. So I'd guess it was probably the early '40s. View full size.

 
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