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WW2, The Gallery

Powder Roomer: 1940

Powder Roomer: 1940

December 1940. Radford, Virginia. "Hercules Powder Plant employee going upstairs. Mrs. Pritchard's boardinghouse. Eighteen men board here." One of the gents last seen here. Acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Just Got In: 1940

Just Got In: 1940

December 1940. Radford, Virginia. "Influx of construction workers to build Hercules Powder Plant -- new arrivals in town. They've come by bus from West Radford." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Girl Welder: 1943

Girl Welder: 1943

January 1943. "Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College. Girl welder in the National Youth Administration school." Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

I Walk the Line: 1941

I Walk the Line: 1941

March 1941. "Sailor's wife living in trailer camp for construction workers near Navy yard. Portsmouth, Virginia." The lady last seen here. Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Plugged In: 1941

Plugged In: 1941

December 1941. "Telephone operators at Aberdeen proving grounds. They live in dormitory for defense workers. Aberdeen, Maryland." Acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Newport News: 1941

Newport News: 1941

March 1941. Newport News, Virginia. "Shipyard workers going home at 4 p.m." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Ironed Out: 1941

Ironed Out: 1941

June 1941. "Wife of defense worker ironing clothes in utility building at FSA trailer camp. Erie, Pennsylvania." Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Crowded House: 1940

Crowded House: 1940

December 1940. Radford, Virginia. "Construction workers in room at Mrs. Jones's boardinghouse. Six men live in this room. Three beds, pay eight to ten dollars a week rent. Most of them have families they left behind in Bluefield, West Virginia; Bristol, Tennessee; or High Point, North Carolina. They are carpenters, carpenters' assistants, riggers and laborers. They make sixty cents to $1.25 per hour." Acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Salvage for Victory: 1942

Salvage for Victory: 1942

October 1942. " 'Salvage for Victory' campaign -- scrap and salvage depot in Butte, Montana." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Lotion Locker: 1943

Lotion Locker: 1943

June 1943. "Arlington, Virginia. Mirrors over the dressing table conceal a cabinet which gives girls extra space for their cosmetics, etc., at Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work in the government for the duration of the war." Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Gas Demonstration: 1942

Gas Demonstration: 1942

June 1942. "Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. Gas demonstration. Soldiers wearing gas masks after having been sprayed with gas from a plane." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Scouting Outing: 1941

A Scouting Outing: 1941

July 1941. "Boy Scouts inspecting and learning about Army equipment in Commerce Square, Washington, D.C." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Iron Men: 1943

Iron Men: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "Servicemen using laundry facilities in the basement of the United Nations service center. It is not necessary to engage a hotel room in order to use these accommodations." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Baltimore, U.S.A.: 1943

Baltimore, U.S.A.: 1943

May 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Building the SS Frederick Douglass. More than 6,000 Negro shipyard workers are employed at the Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, where this Liberty ship is being rushed to completion. Douglass, the noted orator and abolitionist leader, worked as a ship caulker in the vicinity of this yard before he escaped from slavery. Smiling from porthole of the dockhouse is rivet heater Willie Smith." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Roger Smith for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mobilized: 1940

Mobilized: 1940

December 1940. "Soldiers on street corner in Starke, Florida. Boomtown in defense district." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
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