Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.

Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.

1942 Oct.

1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Douglas Aircraft Company
World War, 1939-1945
Transport planes
Airplane equipment
Assembly-line methods
United States--California--Long Beach

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-39 (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a35359

Call Number: LC-USW36-133


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 17/Jan/2008 17:20:21

    This is incredible. The quality is so good that it's hard to believe it's such an old image. -- Seen in a discussion of Raleigh Social Group. (?)

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    • 17/Jan/2008 20:02:33

    Its all in the scanning, I believe.

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    Fuck Yahoo!

    • 18/Jan/2008 00:53:29

    This is awesome. My grandmother worked at Douglas during the war effort, doing wiring on aircraft. I'll have to show her these.

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    Zeb Andrews

    • 18/Jan/2008 05:38:50

    Yeah it is easy to forget just how good film was/is. Amazing that something 65 years old can still deliver such a superb image.

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    • 06/Feb/2008 18:06:29

    how about that safety wiring?

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    • 21/Feb/2008 11:11:18

    The quality comes partially from the scanning, but the picture quality is mostly due to this being a 4x5 transparency, and few digital cameras of today can match that.

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    • 22/Aug/2008 03:43:08

    Nice shot and quality. Like a oil paint. It shows significant historical information.

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    Ricardo Barbieri

    • 14/Sep/2008 21:12:12

    Fantastic!!! Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Man @ work , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    The Library of Congress

    • 15/Sep/2008 14:39:44

    ric2801: We received your request to have a Library of Congress photo added to your group Man @ work. Please click on the "Invite this photo to..." link below the comment box and we'll accept it.

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    • 21/Oct/2008 22:50:17

    muy interesante la calidad !! saludos

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    • 07/Nov/2008 15:18:24

    Awesome shot!

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    • 12/Nov/2008 12:57:27

    These pictures are sooo cool! I hope all the ladies had a good life.

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    Ricardo Barbieri

    • 18/Nov/2008 22:29:59

    please consider share this amazing pic in [email protected] group. thank you Oi! Sou administrador de um grupo chamado Man @ work e nós adoraríamos ter isto adicionado ao grupo!

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    • 26/Nov/2008 19:31:42

    Just spotted this in the 'commons'. Brilliant picture, when I first saw the 'thumb nail' I thought it was some modern pic showing retro fashion - obviously not. I like your other slides too. My dads taken a lot of slides (Agfa CT18?) on medium format since the 50's - what scanner do you recommend?

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    Sandra Rajkov

    • 02/Dec/2008 13:23:21

    Stunning shot my friend, congratulations!!

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    The Library of Congress

    • 02/Dec/2008 18:06:28

    Stevecollection2008: Regarding scanners, we offer some information on how we digitized the images at: lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/fsacdig.html and also in some of the technical information we provide in an FAQ document for the Flickr project: www.loc.gov/rr/print/flickr_pilot_faq.html#howdigitize You may also be interested in a tip sheet (PDF document) we provide on our site, "What to Look for in a Scanner" - www.loc.gov/rr/print/tp/LookForAScanner.pdf

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    • 02/Dec/2008 19:06:39

    Thanks for the useful info. Funny I worked in Local Government (Research) though UK, for 34 years till one reorganisation too many led me to early retirement this April.

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    Photos by Chris Henry

    • 27/Dec/2008 12:36:08

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called IRON WORKS PHOTOGRAPHY, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 06/Jan/2009 00:46:49

    nothing like the good old days , before safety shoes were mandatory.

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    Rich Snyder--Jetarazzi Photography

    • 13/Jan/2009 01:23:49

    The DC-3/C-47 was so well-designed and built that many are still flying today! Just a note, Douglas is the make (like Ford); C-47 is the designator and "Sky Train" is the nickname the mfr. gave it. Pilots called it the "Gooney Bird" and the Brits called it "Dakota".

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    • 26/Jan/2009 20:41:10

    We have a Dakota at RAF Cosford: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3229659194/

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    • 15/Feb/2009 14:32:22

    wow great composition!

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    excellent elbow

    • 19/Feb/2009 23:03:55

    This wonderful photo would be just perfect for the Women at Work group: www.flickr.com/groups/women-at-work/. Please consider adding it!

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    Purple Red

    • 26/Feb/2009 23:19:18

    Interesting composition, well done!

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    • 06/Mar/2009 03:19:24

    A few years ago, I actually met a lady who worked in an aircraft manufacturing plant in the war. She was the checkout clerk at a big box store and was wearing a lapel pin of the plane that she helped build. I recognized the pin and asked, "were you Rosie the Riveter"? She smiled and, surprised that I had identified the plane correctly, said that she had helped build them. I got to thank her and tell her that it's not every day that you run into an American hero. It was a good day.

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    • 26/Apr/2009 19:52:25

    Hi, I'm a moderator for a group called: ツ Foto, Just Foto ツ and we'd love to have this added to the group! You have been invited to join ツ Foto, Just Foto ツ Post 1,Award 4 of your choice New Group, Fresh Ideas - it's Your choice! ツ Foto, Just Foto ツ

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    obtainable wish

    • 19/Jun/2009 20:52:44

    EXCELLENT IMAGE !!! **HARMONY**comment Seen in: **HARMONY**(Post 1-Comment 3)

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    • 10/Aug/2009 23:54:55

    Jean Dieuzaide – Concorde Essai de Freinge - 1968 Hi, I'am the admin of the new group Art'flighing Machines dedicated to an artistic approach of flighing things It would be an honour to have your picture into this group

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    leonardo italiano

    • 25/Sep/2009 22:59:42

    it gose to show you the quality of using film camera. they could have used a large negetive size.

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    • 26/Sep/2009 04:40:21

    Yes, it's 4x5

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    • 06/Oct/2009 11:54:10

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art' Flying Machines, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 31/May/2010 10:55:19

    This is incredible. The quality is so good that it's hard to believe it's such an old image

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    Colin Howell

    • 03/Oct/2020 14:52:48

    I'm sorry to report that this photo has been mislabeled, probably all the way back to its original publication. The women cannot be working on a Douglas C-47, because the type of engine shown was never used on the C-47. (Also its placement is wrong for a C-47 engine: it is mounted underneath the wing, while C-47s had their engines roughly centered in the wing.) Most likely they're working on a Douglas A-20 twin-engined bomber, which does match the engine and propeller type in the photo. Looking at the full resolution version available at the Library of Congress, the engine's data plate is readable enough to show that it is a R-2600 Cyclone 14 built by Wright Aeronautical. That is a bigger, more powerful engine than the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp which the C-47 used. The propeller blade specification can be read as an 6353A-21, also a type not used with the C-47. (The C-47 did use the 6353A-18, but that's a longer blade.) Both the engine and blade types match the A-20, which as far as I can tell was the only aircraft to use that blade type—hence I conclude this is an A-20.

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    Colin Howell

    • 04/Oct/2020 03:53:01

    See also this photo, taken at almost the same moment: https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179920874/