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The Dairy Maids: 1941

The Dairy Maids: 1941

July 1941. "Packing butter cut into squares for use in restaurants. Land O'Lakes plant, Minneapolis, Minnesota." Acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.


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Great moisturizer!

I'll bet they had the softest hands in town.

Land O' Lakes plant.


No gloves, no hair nets and NO smiles!

How did this world survive through World Wars & the Depression?

Imagine a world of no hair nets, facial masks, rubber gloves, and only male and female bathrooms

Form or function?

Did that head gear have any practical effect? Other than for looks and for modesty's sake? These days the remaining two workers in such a packaging line are dressed more along the lines of a trauma surgeon. Yes, gloves too.

I also wonder about the temperature in there. The product would warrant a little chilliness, but the short sleeves say otherwise. Well, maybe there are cold rooms at either end of that conveyor. And the time in between would rather limited anyways - "hurry up, we have to move product, ladies".


Land O' Lakes will be 100 years old in July 2021. We've eaten it for what seems like forever but I always assumed it was a younger brand.

Land O' Lakes

I had no idea how this was done.

Here around Minneapolis

That flat little square of butter is called a pat. This is one of the largest group of pretty girls ever captured on Shorpy.

[Pats are for table use. These giant slabs are for the kitchen. - Dave]

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