Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.
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
1 transparency : color.
Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.
World War, 1939-1945
United States--California--Long Beach
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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.
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...
Doh! Of course, you're right!
A real life Rosie the Riveter.
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.
Where in the world was OSHA? LOL My things have changed.
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.
Rod van Ausdall
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.
Nice mention in PC World: www.pcworld.com/article/155808/fantastic_flickr_photograp...
awesome .....great history lessons ....thanks for sharing
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!
..splendid stream with a lot of concentration..
Your looking at the quintessential “Rosie The Riveter”. God bless the American female, they put them in the air during the war.