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Hollywood's Loss: 1942

Hollywood's Loss: 1942

June 1942. Lockheed Vega aircraft plant at Burbank, California. "Hollywood missed a good bet when they overlooked this attractive aircraft worker, who is shown checking electrical sub-assemblies." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by David Bransby for the Office of War Information.

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Aside from this lady's god-given good looks, I am stunned by how well-turned out she is to go to work as an aircraft inspector as per her armband. Check out the pattern on the fabric of her blouse - just lovely.

Hollywood's Loss

Amazing how much attention to detail she paid to her hair and clothing "just" to go to work. And no nose ring, lip ring or nostril stud. Absolutely timeless beauty, if only the women of today new how attractive this woman's look is!

Just a Touch

I love how the women of that time wear practically no makeup except for the signature cadillac-red lipstick. It just pops, like a frame on a painting. It's hard to find colours like that anymore.

I wonder if she could act... Sometimes, I look at the pictures and just wonder what they sounded like. Also, she somehow reminds me of Carmen Sandiego.

Such Beauty...

Absolutely unrivaled. Her beauty is deep and flawless, not false and applied like with women today. Beautiful, absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

WWII Aircraft Factory Worker Girls

My dear old Aunt Olive (RIP) was still single at the start of WWII, and worked in a plant making bombers, somewhere in Minnesota I believe.

One day she was told to climb into the bomber and do some electrical work (soldering?) on the radio, a job she'd performed many times. As usual, she was told that the power to the radio had been turned off.

But as she started working on it, there was a huge shower of sparks, and a small fire broke out. Somebody had forgotten to switch off the power. This was not her fault.

However, the investigators didn't see it that way. All they could see was that her last name was Schneider.

A German name!

The fact that she was a 4th generation German-American didn't get her off the hook. The investigators grilled and grilled and grilled her, because of their suspicion that it was an act of industrial sabotage.

Well ...... they finally did believe her, and set her free. (Probably the doofus who failed to shut off the power was located and confessed.)

Toutes belles !

These 1940's girls are much more "seduisantes et naturelles" than nowadays chicks!

[Um, oui. - Dave]

The Greatest Generation

Her beauty is deep. This ain't no valley girl. It's the seriousness, the gravity of her that just exudes. This beauty is too busy saving the world from Hitler and trying to feed her family to sit and sip a Starbucks while she prattles on about her nails. It's just awesome.

That hair

Is lovely, due to both nature AND photography. I'm so envious.

Hollywood's Loss


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