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Eunice the Grinder: 1942

Eunice the Grinder: 1942

August 1942. "Women in industry. A million-dollar baby, not in terms of money but in her value to Uncle Sam, 21-year-old Eunice Hancock, erstwhile five-and-ten-cent store employee, operates a compressed-air grinder in a Midwest aircraft plant. With no previous experience, Eunice (last seen here) quickly mastered the techniques of her war job and today is turning out motor parts with speed and skill." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.


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Stepped up to the plate

This lady doing her part for the war effort deserves the Pretty Girls tag despite the factory grime.

Barely posed picture

Eunice Hancock was just interrupted by the photo op. You can see the grinder grit below her left eye. They didn't let her "fix her face". Pretty woman.

Very nice lady

I'd like to see some bump with that grinder.

I can't decide

whether the half-circle mark on her cheek is a partly-healed scratch from a piece of flying metal, or a sooty place where her eye-shield rubbed.

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