Skip to comments.Rare color photos: Women at work in the 1940s
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
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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].
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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.
The women look great. Less processed food and less fast food.
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.
These women looked great with their natural hair color, but for some reason every other gal today wants to be a “blonde”.
They weren’t much for safety back then.
It’s so odd to see now...they are all thin.
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.
I’m currently in college, and I see lots of fat 18-22 y/o people.
They had food rationing during the war. Probably not too many chances to pig out on bon-bons and ice cream.
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.
Of course they were staged, who cares?
Ladies of the Greatest Generation, we thank you for all you were, and all you did.
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.
American women and American industry unleashed. The Germans and Japanese had no idea what they were up against.
Just an offhand opinion, based on growing up in the 50s, but Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield seemed to change the equation.
Wearing gloves while running a manual machine is just asking to lose a finger or hand...
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”.
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