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Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943

Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943

February 1943. Heil & Co., Milwaukee. "Agnes Cliemka, age 23, husband may be going into the service any day. Agnes used to work in a department store. Checking fuel hose on gasoline trailer before it is turned over to the Air Force." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem. View full size.

 

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Although I don't consider Agnes overweight her weight may have been one reason why she was hired if her boss believed tip number three in this "Guide to Hiring Women" that appeared in Transportation Magazine in 1943:

General experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are just a little on the heavy side - are more even-tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.

This could be last week

A real sense of the modern here.

You have to admit…

…that she is wearing Mom jeans, though.

Not another one!

Why do we always have to comment on people's weight?? It's rude and unnecessary. Furthermore it is sexist. Every time I look at a photo of a man on here, I don't say, "Wow, that guy is skinnier/fatter/more muscular/etc than men are nowadays!"

[The reason people leave comments like that is to read comments like this. - Dave]

Agnes

One reason that Agnes looks modern might be cause she she is overweight!

Agnes

She looks so modern! This was 65 years ago, but I feel like I could walk into a Milwaukee factory tomorrow and see Agnes. Fascinating.

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