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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE FRENCH RIVIERA: 1952

WW2, The Gallery

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.

 
 
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