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Rare color photos: Women at work in the 1940s
CBS News ^ | 28 Aug 2012 | Edecio Martinez / LOC

Posted on 08/29/2012 5:08:42 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Just photos and captions.

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies

1942 June

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KEYWORDS: homefront; photograpy; wwii
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Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The pictures focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working.

The original images are color transparencies ranging in size from 35 mm. to 4x5 inches. They complement the better-known black-and-white FSA/OWI photographs, made during the same period [view information about the black-and-white FSA/OWI photographs].

The Library of Congress is sharing the FSA/OWI Color Photographs on Flickr, where Flickr community members add comments, notes, and tags.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs

1 posted on 08/29/2012 5:08:43 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Bookmarked. Thanks!


2 posted on 08/29/2012 5:10:16 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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I wonder how many of these photos were “staged.”

I see one woman working at an airfield and she’s wearing sandals. The women doing machinist work are not wearing gloves, eye protection, etc. Many of them seem a little to dressed up.


3 posted on 08/29/2012 5:13:03 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
I'm old enough to have worked in factories when what we consider normal safety equipment today was unheard of. And women being gussied-up at work was fairly normal especially on Fridays.
4 posted on 08/29/2012 5:18:35 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: smokingfrog

The women look great. Less processed food and less fast food.


5 posted on 08/29/2012 5:20:31 PM PDT by HChampagne
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To: smokingfrog
These heroic women are fading fast, as are our WWII veterans. I have had the privilege of talking with some--one who welded bomb carriers for B-17s--one who riveted together wingtips for the B-29s. These two and others had day jobs at offices, and their defense work was a second shift for them. Change out of dresses and high heels in a ladies' locker room and don welding goggles, overalls, heavy leather gloves... a different world.
6 posted on 08/29/2012 5:22:33 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: smokingfrog

Other than in welding, I don’t think eye-protection was required of anyone in the 1940s.

As to being staged: OF COURSE THE PHOTOS WERE STAGED! These were surely war-propaganda photos showing how hard all American people—even young women—were working to defeat tyranny.

MacArthur’s landing at the Philippines was refilmed (with new, pressed, dry pants every time) what 2 times? So of course photos like this were staged.


7 posted on 08/29/2012 5:26:35 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (reality is analog, not digital...)
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To: HChampagne

These women looked great with their natural hair color, but for some reason every other gal today wants to be a “blonde”.


8 posted on 08/29/2012 5:27:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: smokingfrog

They weren’t much for safety back then.


9 posted on 08/29/2012 5:27:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: HChampagne

It’s so odd to see now...they are all thin.


10 posted on 08/29/2012 5:28:17 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: HChampagne
The women look great. Less processed food and less fast food.

A very astute observation.

I've got a FReeper trying to tell me that the USA obesity epidemic is fiction.

A casual look at these pics shows graphic contrast.

11 posted on 08/29/2012 5:29:31 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: nascarnation

I’m currently in college, and I see lots of fat 18-22 y/o people.


12 posted on 08/29/2012 5:31:03 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: nascarnation

They had food rationing during the war. Probably not too many chances to pig out on bon-bons and ice cream.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 5:34:22 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: nascarnation

My mom never worked in an aircraft factory but did clerk at a supply depot at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in WW II.
My dad happened by in ‘45 after serving in the China-Burma-India Campaign and the rest is history.


14 posted on 08/29/2012 5:35:43 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: smokingfrog

Of course they were staged, who cares?

Ladies of the Greatest Generation, we thank you for all you were, and all you did.


15 posted on 08/29/2012 5:37:00 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: EEGator

Yeah I don’t think it’s government’s problem to solve, but it is a significant problem.

How anybody could deny it is beyond me.

When I was in grade school, the only school buses were in rural areas where the trip was many miles. Everybody else walked. Now (at least here in Indiana) nearly everybody rides. I think it gets kids off to a bad start activity wise.


16 posted on 08/29/2012 5:38:00 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: smokingfrog

American women and American industry unleashed. The Germans and Japanese had no idea what they were up against.


17 posted on 08/29/2012 5:38:50 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: BenLurkin
These women looked great with their natural hair color, but for some reason every other gal today wants to be a “blonde”.

Just an offhand opinion, based on growing up in the 50s, but Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield seemed to change the equation.

18 posted on 08/29/2012 5:40:00 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: smokingfrog
women doing machinist work are not wearing gloves

Wearing gloves while running a manual machine is just asking to lose a finger or hand...

19 posted on 08/29/2012 5:41:47 PM PDT by Antoninus II
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To: nascarnation

More activity would help, but I think the best solution is through proper nutrition. I like the Jack Lalanne method of nutrition, “If God made it, eat it. If man made it, don’t”.


20 posted on 08/29/2012 5:46:28 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

I think now, people are too busy or too lazy to buy ingredients and cook. It’s not a good development.


21 posted on 08/29/2012 5:49:23 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: mylife
They weren’t much for safety back then.

I've been working in machine shops for over 30 years. Seeing those machines in "new" condition is fascinating! And the tooling is so crude by today's standards. "You can walk with a wooden leg. You can chew with false teeth. But you can't see with a glass eye. Wear your safety glasses!"

22 posted on 08/29/2012 5:49:37 PM PDT by Antoninus II
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To: katana

“American industry unleashed. The Germans and Japanese had no idea what they were up against.”

True. I am always disappointed when they have shows about how amazing the German, and even the Japanese technology was, and how we almost lost. The actual fact is that for every “secret weapon” they had, we had five, and ours worked. Even something as mundane to us as our “Big Boy” locomotives were miracle machines to the Germans — they didn’t believe their own spies.


23 posted on 08/29/2012 5:50:16 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: EEGator

They are almost all thin, and they have their original breasts. Amazing to see.

Also, some of them look SO OLD. There is a 26 year old who I thought was 40, and a 32 year old who I thought was at least 45.


24 posted on 08/29/2012 5:54:49 PM PDT by ReagansShinyHair
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To: smokingfrog

Some very attractive women in those shots. Very pensive as well.


25 posted on 08/29/2012 5:57:17 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: nascarnation

I’m in complete agreement with you on that.


26 posted on 08/29/2012 5:57:31 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Antoninus II

I “see” your point.


27 posted on 08/29/2012 6:04:00 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smokingfrog

Oct. 1942

Worker putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Long Beach, Calif.

28 posted on 08/29/2012 6:15:45 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: smokingfrog

Kind of refreshing that they aren’t all surgically “enhanced”.


29 posted on 08/29/2012 6:20:53 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: smokingfrog

Even Rarer Photos: ANYONE working now


30 posted on 08/29/2012 6:21:35 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: smokingfrog

Everybody had a job to do.The men were in uniform,the women were in the factories.Contrast that with today where 90% of the population sees themselves as victims of something or other and two thirds of the country claims to have some sort of disability.


31 posted on 08/29/2012 6:23:25 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: Born to Conserve
The Germans did not put their economy on a total war footing until 1944, four years after Great Britain, three years after the USSR and two years after the USA. It is hard to imagine, but while Sixth Army was starving to death at Stalingrad less than 20% of German women were in the work force, and the majority of those that were were employed as household menials.

They never had a chance.

32 posted on 08/29/2012 6:26:08 PM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: smokingfrog; Revolting cat!
Barney: "Y'know, Fred? I hate to see the women working so."

Fred: "Yeah, Barney. I know what you mean."

Barney: "Let's go behind the garage where we can't see them."

1960s Winston Cigarette commercial.

33 posted on 08/29/2012 6:43:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: rawhide

B17 is not a Navy bomber..its Army..the few that were used by the Navy would be PB1’s


34 posted on 08/29/2012 6:46:32 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: rawhide

B17 is not a Navy bomber..its Army..the few that were used by the Navy would be PB1’s


35 posted on 08/29/2012 6:46:36 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: rawhide

B17 is not a Navy bomber..its Army..the few that were used by the Navy would be PB1’s


36 posted on 08/29/2012 6:46:39 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: smokingfrog
(Sigh) Back when Everything in our equipment was Made in the U.S.A., not just "assembled in usa of foreign and domestic materials"


37 posted on 08/29/2012 6:59:07 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Normalcy results in the creation of life, Sodomy results in AIDS)
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To: tophat9000

My mom, fresh out of high school, riveted bombers in Tarrytown, NY while her boyfriend, future husband, and later my dad was helping to shoot Japs out of the skies of China with the 14th Army Air Force.


38 posted on 08/29/2012 7:12:01 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: smokingfrog

VA VA VOOM!

39 posted on 08/29/2012 7:15:50 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: HChampagne

No kidding. Even the plain janes look good.


40 posted on 08/29/2012 7:37:08 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: chrisser

Nothing in this world like a natural woman who has not been enhanced. These plastic women of today suck!


41 posted on 08/29/2012 7:38:50 PM PDT by tiger63
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To: smokingfrog

In 1980 I bought a Datsun from an old black lady. For some reason she mentioned that she had worked at an ammunition factory in the war. I asked what she did. She said she loaded 45 ball, then 30-06 tracer, and finally 37mm HE.


42 posted on 08/29/2012 7:42:34 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: martin_fierro

I never noticed the Mein Kampf underneath her foot before.


43 posted on 08/29/2012 7:44:13 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Antoninus II
Seeing those machines in "new" condition is fascinating!

The shop where I was a machinist had rooms full of those wartime machines that we used making aircraft parts. They all had a tag or casting that said something about how they conformed to War Production Board finish. I guess they didn't have to polish up the exterior parts during the war, only the ways and beds and working parts. Those machines still held tolerance and cranked out the parts. One of the turret lathes in a picture looks like one I ran.

44 posted on 08/29/2012 7:47:04 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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Can anyone tell me who this woman is?? (famous person)


45 posted on 08/29/2012 8:00:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Norma Jean something-or-other?


46 posted on 08/29/2012 8:07:26 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: smokingfrog

Marilyn Monroe....


47 posted on 08/29/2012 8:27:18 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: smokingfrog

Rita Hayworth?


48 posted on 08/29/2012 8:51:04 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: smokingfrog

World War II ‘Rosies’ pictures: http://pinterest.com/historybyzim/world-war-ii-rosies/


49 posted on 08/29/2012 9:00:52 PM PDT by rawhide
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Bertha Stallworth, 21, inspects 40mm artillery cartridges at Frankford Arsenal during WWII.

50 posted on 08/29/2012 9:38:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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