A girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant joins sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers, Long Beach, Calif. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F bomber is a later model o

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A girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant joins sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers, Long Beach, Calif. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F bomber is a later model of the B-17, which distinguished itself in action in the south Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It is a long range, high altitude, heavy bomber, with a crew of seven to nine men -- and with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions

1942 Oct.

1 transparency : color.

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Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Airplane industry
World War, 1939-1945
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.1a35336

Call Number: LC-USW36-102


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    • 16/Jan/2008 21:38:38

    Most likely these aircraft workers were over the age of 18 when the photos were taken. That being the case, it would be more accurate to refer to each of them as a woman rather than as a girl.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 04:03:11

    I'd bet a latte that the titles are taken word-for-word from the captions each photo was assigned at the time it was taken (or at the very least, when they were processed into the collection at the LoC). I doubt it'll come as a newsflash to anyone that things were a bit different in 1942 than they are in 2008...

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    • 17/Jan/2008 05:01:13

    Doh! Of course, you're right!

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    • 17/Jan/2008 05:31:40

    A real life Rosie the Riveter.

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    • 18/Jan/2008 01:30:10

    The photographer is amazing... each shot is composed like a Vermeer There is that same sense of concentrated purpose, although its clearly very posed. Just lovely.

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    skillful north

    • 18/Jan/2008 15:30:28

    Where in the world was OSHA? LOL My things have changed.

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    flat bushes

    • 11/Mar/2008 07:49:41

    The seeming carryover of 'sewing machine' is rather... riveting. The first thing that occurred to me looking at this was, "Could they possibly have managed to better imply a woman at her sewing machine?" The implication of woman's work being set in this manner as a demonstration of service to country and men overall is rather poignant and, to me, beautiful.

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    Rod van Ausdall

    • 13/Feb/2009 17:36:14

    Living during those times (I in the Pacific Theatre and my sister in a "War Plant" (as we called them - not factories - don`t know why) we didn`t get all bent out of shape about women`s rights, etc - just did the job. Bear in mind we just started to come out of the Depression (this one in 2008 is a walk in the park so far) and besides patriotism (which was expected not an exception) many were elated merely to have a job and food on the table with decent clothing.

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    Dave Horne

    • 21/Apr/2009 18:02:49

    Nice mention in PC World: www.pcworld.com/article/155808/fantastic_flickr_photograp...

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    • 31/May/2009 17:11:32

    awesome .....great history lessons ....thanks for sharing

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    luxuriant toad

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    Jkadavoor (Jee)

    • 05/Nov/2009 07:27:55

    Nice. Hi, I'm an admin for a group called People love their Work, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 05/Dec/2009 20:38:09

    great colors!

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    • 19/Apr/2012 10:27:19

    ..splendid stream with a lot of concentration..

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    • 01/Mar/2013 01:50:47

    Your looking at the quintessential “Rosie The Riveter”. God bless the American female, they put them in the air during the war.