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Primary Colors: 1943

Primary Colors: 1943

February 1943. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "War production workers at the Heil Co. making gasoline trailer tanks for the Army Air Corps. Elizabeth Little, age 30, mother of two, spraying small parts. Her husband runs a farm." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Why is Mrs. Little not wearing gloves to protect those beautifully manicured hands from yellow paint?

Is that blue outfit the factory-issued work coveralls for her home clothing? (So why are the sleeves so short? Why no hair covering?)

Or is that blue outfit her everyday clothing when she is not painting? (So why is it not protected here against paint smears?)

[The ladies were usually posed for these OWI Kodachromes without gloves and such. - Dave]

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