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In Like Kwint: 1943

In Like Kwint: 1943

February 1943. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "War production workers at the Heil Company making gasoline tank trailers for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Mrs. Angeline Kwint, age 45, an ex-housewife, checking the tires of trailers. Her husband and son are in the U.S. Army." Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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New Jacket & Hat

Comparing the jacket to the pants it seems that she was given a new jacket and hat for the photo op. The pants have seen use that the jacket hasn't.

Paging all Armchair Experts --

Can any experts here tell if that is a split rim wheel? And is Mrs. Kwint in the position she should be to air up such a wheel?

Defense Needs Rubber Save your tires!

That home-based retread is holding on for the war effort.

Women did it

When you think about the tremendous output of vehicles, arms, and equipment during WWII, think also about the percentage of women in the labor (and management) force.

My mom, at 22, worked the entire war in Washington DC, breaking codes for the Navy, something she never said much about during her lifetime, but we have the unit commendation letter and her ribbon.

Mine, too.

I just wanted to recognize my own grandmother, also 45 in 1943, who worked as a lens grinder during WWII. She was, of course, just one of millions who served in some way. Every one of them deserves to be remembered.

Surprisingly comfortable

My great-grandmother had those shoes in black. A bit heavy, but excellent support if you're on your feet much of the day. In a genetic association of astounding similarity, my feet and hers were identical. I was able to wear her shoes and they felt perfectly formed to my foot.


Angeline Wypysyranki Kwint -- born Nov. 28, 1897; died Oct. 29, 1979 age 81. She had three or four children.

Those shoes

More power to Mrs. Kwint for spending the day working in those shoes, without socks no less.

[She is wearing hosiery of some sort. - Dave]

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