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WW2 PHOTOS IN COLOR: Thirty-six amazing large-format Kodachromes taken for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1941-1943. More vintage photos here.

At Ease: 1943

At Ease: 1943

1943. " 'At Ease.' Two soldiers in a bomb storage facility at Camp Pendleton, Calif., admiring portrait of a young woman. Pinup of Susan Hayward hangs nearby." Dye destruction print made in 2002 from Frank S. Errigo's original 4x5 Kodachrome. Exhibited in "American Treasures of the Library of Congress." View full size.

War Machine: 1942

War Machine: 1942

October 1942. "The careful hands of women are trained in precise aircraft engine installation duties at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif." Kodachrome by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Wood Bomber: 1942

The Wood Bomber: 1942

October 1942. "Preparing a model of the B-25 bomber for the wind tunnel at North American Aviation's plant at Inglewood, Calif." More here and here. Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Roger the Riveter: 1942

Roger the Riveter: 1942

October 1942. "Riveter at work at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, California." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Outta My Way: 1942

Outta My Way: 1942

June 1942. "Tank driver -- Fort Knox, Kentucky." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Avenging Angel: 1942

Avenging Angel: 1942

        "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

October 1942. "Woman at work on bomber motor, Douglas Aircraft Co., Long Beach, California." Kodachrome by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Empty Calories: 1942

Empty Calories: 1942

        "Nothing for me, thanks."

October 1942. "Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Wright Cyclone: 1942

Wright Cyclone: 1942

June 1942. "Inspecting a Cyclone airplane motor at North American Aviation in Long Beach, Calif." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Stings Like a B: 1942

Stings Like a B: 1942

        Time flies like B-25's. Another Kodachrome from the Early Days of Shorpy, enlarged and re-restored.

October 1942. "B-25 bomber assembly hall, North American Aviation, Kansas City." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

Condition Red: 1941

Condition Red: 1941

December 1941. "Electronics technician, Goodyear Aircraft Corp., Akron, Ohio." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, OWI. View full size.

 

Top Gun: 1942

Top Gun: 1942

June 1942. "Crewman of an M-3 tank, Fort Knox, Kentucky." Or could it be Fort Dix? Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

A Woman's Work: 1942

A Woman's Work: 1942

October 1942. "Women become skilled shop technicians after careful training in the school at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California. Planes made here include the B-17F Flying Fortress heavy bomber, A-20 assault bomber and C-47 transport." Happy Labor Day from Shorpy! 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Kodachrome Goes to War: 1942

Kodachrome Goes to War: 1942

October 1942. "Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training methods. Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California." Skipping ahead to 2009, and the end of an era: Today Kodak announced that, after 74 colorful years, it will stop making Kodachrome film. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mike Hunter: 1942

Mike Hunter: 1942

October 1942. "Lieutenant 'Mike' Hunter, Army test pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

We Met at Work: 1942

We Met at Work: 1942

October 1942. "Riveting team working on the cockpit shell of a C-47 transport at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. The versatile C-47 performs many important tasks for the Army. It ferries men and cargo across the oceans and mountains, tows gliders and brings paratroopers and their equipment to scenes of action." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. Happy Valentine's Day from Shorpy!

 

Test Pilot: 1942

Test Pilot: 1942

October 1942. F.W. Hunter, Army test pilot, at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, Calif. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Rosie Takes a Break: 1942

Rosie Takes a Break: 1942

October 1942. "Noontime rest for an assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Army Mechanic: 1942

Army Mechanic: 1942

June 1942. Fort Knox, Kentucky. "A good job in the air cleaner of an Army truck. This Negro soldier, who serves as truck driver and mechanic, plays an important part in keeping Army transport fleets in operation." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
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