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Sawdust in Her Hair: 1943

Sawdust in Her Hair: 1943

June 1943. "Turkey Pond, near Concord, New Hampshire. Women workers employed by a Department of Agriculture timber salvage sawmill. 18-year-old 'pit-woman' Norma Webber [last seen here] agrees with her sister that sawmill work is harder than working in a laundry, but it isn't so tedious, and is easier on the nerves." Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.


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An Amazing Person

After reading her obit -- and, I must admit, looking at her -- it's obvious she was an amazing person. I would love to have known this sassy woman who was so full of life.

Flat Cups

There was also another cup that served the same purpose on trains and other places. It came out of the dispenser flat and you popped it open by squeezing the sides.

Norma's profile

Her facial features remind me of the Statue of Liberty. Hold the cup higher!

Cone Cups

Once ubiquitous at water coolers in offices and on trains, their chief advantage was to prevent spills resulting from imbibers setting down a half-empty cup (or half-full, depending on one's outlook) in harm's way.

They also fit well into (from the top) and dispensed easily from the bottom of cylindrical containers attached to the cooler or nearby wall or bulkhead. Larger versions, placed in a metal base for beverage service at soda fountains, greatly reduced the dishwashing load that would otherwise attend the sale of countless sodas and phosphates.

Back when progress was decidedly analog, these cone cups were right up there in convenience with innovations like sliced bread and ready-made cigarettes.

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