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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Factories

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.

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.

 

B-25 Final Assembly

B-25 Final Assembly

1942. "B-25 bomber final assembly line at North American Aviation works, Inglewood, Calif." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Popeye and Friends: 1911

Popeye and Friends: 1911

August 1911. "Arthur Chalifoux (4th boy from left), 3 Rand St. North Adams, Massachusetts. Works in Eclipse Mills." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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