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Home Again: 1945

Home Again: 1945

August 6, 1945. "Troops of the 20th Armored Division and units of the 9th Army whoop it up between raindrops as the S.S. John Ericsson nears Pier 84, Hudson River." Photo by Al Ravenna, New York World Telegram & Sun. View full size.

 

Girls on Wheels: 1943

Girls on Wheels: 1943

February 1943. "Girls on wheels expedite aircraft production. Literally helping to speed the war effort, Dolores Richardson and Geneva Carpenter are 'expeditors' at Douglas Aircraft in El Segundo, California, where they deliver inter-departmental messages on roller skates." Medium format acetate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

True Blue: 1943

True Blue: 1943

February 1943. "Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, this woman is working on a 'Vengeance' dive bomber." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Known But to God: 1943

Known But to God: 1943

HERE RESTS IN
HONORED GLORY

AN AMERICAN SOLDIER

KNOWN BUT TO GOD

May 1943. Arlington, Virginia. "Sailor and his girl at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

American Iron: 1942

American Iron: 1942

1942. "Bessemer converter (iron into steel), Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, Pennsylvania." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Power of Tower: 1942

Power of Tower: 1942

May 1942. "Marine lieutenant by the power towing plane for the gliders at Parris Island, South Carolina." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the 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.

 

Keep Calm & Carry On: 1940

Keep Calm & Carry On: 1940

1940. "Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London." Photo by the versatile Toni Frissell. View full size.

 

Eagle-Picher: 1943

Eagle-Picher: 1943

January 1943. "The operator of a zinc ore loader at a large smelting plant is protected against harmful dust by a mask. From the Eagle-Picher plant near Cardin, Oklahoma, come great quantities of zinc and lead to serve many important purposes in the war effort." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Birthing a Boeing: 1942

Birthing a Boeing: 1942

December 1942. "Production. B-17 heavy bomber. A skilled team of men and women workers at the Boeing plant in Seattle complete assembly and fitting operations on the interior of a fuselage section for a new B-17F (Flying Fortress) bomber. About half of the workers at the Boeing plant are women. The Flying Fortress has performed with great credit in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It is a four-engine heavy bomber capable of flying high altitudes." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Correct Salute: 1943

The Correct Salute: 1943

March 1943. "Safe clothes for women war workers. Estelle Hendel, twenty-eight, a guard at the Bendix Aviation Plant in Brooklyn, New York, stands before the company service flag and gives the correct salute." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Iron Maidens: 1942

Iron Maidens: 1942

October 1942. "Health measures for low home temperatures. Down goes the thermometer and out come flannel nightclothes, almost like the kind Grandpa used to wear, as government workers in Washington, D.C., dress for the 65-degree maximum temperature recommended by the fuel oil limitation order." Photo by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Chill Clothes: 1942

Chill Clothes: 1942

October 1942. "Health measures for low home temperatures. The American male, accustomed to heavy clothing indoors and out, probably won't mind the lower home temperatures imposed by the government's fuel oil limitation order; but the ladies had better adopt costumes of warmer materials made with long sleeves to ward off the chill air this winter." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Either Ore: 1943

Either Ore: 1943

January 1943. "Production. Zinc. Cars for transporting zinc and lead ore. From the Eagle-Picher Mining & Smelting Co. plant near Cardin, Oklahoma, come great quantities of zinc and lead to serve many important purposes in the war effort." Photo by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Desk Job: 1942

Desk Job: 1942

            " -- and where do you see yourself in five years?"

1942. "Salvage. Stacking chips in the game of war. Even better, if possible, than the individual citizen, American industry has learned to waste nothing. With every ounce of steel and steel scrap vital to the war, this employee of the Boston & Maine Railroad has been assigned the job of sorting steel washers. Here, as in all industry today, anything reusable is put back into service; the remainder becomes scrap to feed the nation's insatiable steel mills." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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