Women at work on bomber, 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 bomber, 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
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.1a35341

Call Number: LC-USW36-109


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 17/Jan/2008 00:39:13

    Fascinating snapshots from history

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    • 18/Jan/2008 05:27:14

    Interesting. The clothing is actual work clothes for this shot - except the shoes.

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    • 19/Jan/2008 08:13:58

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called On the Job, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

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    elfin rice

    • 20/Jan/2008 06:17:05

    Is there such a thing as a War Worker Woman fetish? Well there is now, and I've got it...

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    • 21/Jan/2008 11:16:20

    I just love the way they are dressed.

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    In Memoriam: budderflyman

    • 07/Mar/2008 03:02:44

    I have slides from thirty years ago that are not this sharp and also the colors have shifted and faded. I am really impressed with how great these slides are.

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    • 11/Apr/2008 17:08:39

    showw, bela produção, parabéns. *******************************************

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    Serena McClain

    • 23/Jun/2008 13:26:53

    The composition on this photo is amazing. It looks like it could be from a photoshoot taken this year.

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    • 12/Jul/2008 21:55:12

    Rosie the Riveter!

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    • 27/Aug/2008 18:35:09

    This could be my mother, we lived just a few miles from this plant.

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    • 25/Sep/2008 11:08:11

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called worldlightning, and we'd love to have this added to the group! ..great sphere........

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    • 20/Oct/2008 15:31:26

    Great shot !!! Beautiful

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    • 23/Oct/2008 18:40:39

    nicely captured I am admin of this group called Concordians. We would love it for you to share your pictorial moments with us. Concordians

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    Jai Yung

    • 29/Oct/2008 16:37:05

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr's Warm lighting, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    The Library of Congress

    • 30/Oct/2008 17:34:55

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

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    • 30/Oct/2008 18:23:27

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful historic photo.

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    jumbled arithmetic

    • 05/Nov/2008 01:53:12

    Great photo.

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    terrific lake

    • 11/Nov/2008 17:38:40

    Couldn't see a person's face on left hand side.

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    jumpy thumb

    • 13/Nov/2008 17:00:06

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called US Military, and we'd love to have this added to the group! God bless USA. USA Pictures, Images and Photos

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    hypnotic trip

    • 14/Nov/2008 03:33:05

    bonita foto :)

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    • 22/Nov/2008 21:42:13

    Great quality, perfect shot.

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    • 25/Nov/2008 19:59:29

    wonderfullllllllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 02/Dec/2008 08:04:11

    awesome photos

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    Azam Sa'ad

    • 10/Dec/2008 02:30:17

    well..strobist has really come a long way...sure this is from 1940's ? looks too good. :D

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    • 16/Dec/2008 20:37:44

    excellent shot.

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    • 23/Dec/2008 22:26:05

    que buena foto, se ve muy bien, buena toma ;)

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    • 25/Dec/2008 11:00:24

    Unsoiled shirts, clean jeans, shiny shoes with spotless soles, not a speck of oil, grease or dirt in sight. History records that many women worked during the second world war, quite possibly not these though. However, I do like the photos.

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    1hr photo

    • 03/Jan/2009 23:36:56

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/42/buddyicons/[email protected]?1135333988#[email protected]" height="24" width="24" /> It's a photo-shoot! If you knew you were getting your photo taken, and possibly seen by thousands of people - you'd want to be seen at your best, wouldn't you...? And the photographer's brief would have been to show the workers and their surroundings in the best possible light, possibly for recruiting purposes. http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1070/buddyicons/[email protected]?1227030648#[email protected]" height="24" width="24" /> Too good for the 1940s? Why? You only need to look at the cinematography of the movies of that era to see that those guys knew all there was to know about lighting and framing a scene. There is a modern tendency to assume that the utmost pinnacle of everything is right now, and all that came before must somehow be un-developed and inferior. Not so...

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    • 15/Jan/2009 23:18:43

    well said OneHour. Many a photog has tried to recreate the night shots of O. Winston Link with "modern technology", only to fall short of his level of artistry. thanks for sharing. ~ jeff

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    • 20/Jan/2009 12:05:58

    sensass !!!

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    • 03/Feb/2009 14:15:30

    Really great moment and photo !!!

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    • 07/Feb/2009 14:02:33

    danger: women could be letal! :)

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    • 14/Feb/2009 16:48:20

    niCE piC

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    deadpan cook

    • 17/Feb/2009 17:56:58

    great shot !!

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    Daniela Martínez

    • 24/Feb/2009 22:42:40

    great :D

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    • 08/Mar/2009 08:46:53

    very nice!

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    • 08/Mar/2009 08:47:26

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called All Cultures Traditions & Heritage, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 12/Mar/2009 18:41:57

    awsome :)

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    • 16/Mar/2009 02:13:25

    this must be fake not even the best cameras back then could have produced as sharp and exact curves and colours like a digital cam with 10 MP can - this one is a new one and there is no doubt about it. and since I am a technician and really do know about all this stuff better shut up and just admit that either the government has faked you or you are the faker here. Ok there is one exception if this was a Hasselblad Camera...but since you have not written which camera it was I take it's a standard cam - and those make my statement above legal and valid.

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    • 24/Mar/2009 16:52:07

    I like this color tone!

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    • 26/Mar/2009 18:44:01

    This is not from a 35mm slide but from a large format camera using sheet film. Perhaps the image printed here was from a photo of a print made from it on museum grade paper. By the way, most women employed in factories were welders and not riveters because welding is a lot easier to learn quickly. Riveters were mostly people who were already riveters before the war; i.e, men.

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    masoud khamis

    • 30/Mar/2009 08:51:51

    great shot >>

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    M. Johnston

    • 04/Apr/2009 08:29:32

    Crossdouble: Ever heard of a 4x5 or an 8x10 large format camera? The negative those produce is cleaner and sharper than any digital image any camera will ever be able to make, ever. Next time know what your talking about so you don't look like an idiot.

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    • 05/Apr/2009 13:14:35

    well the problem is, 1st: that the idiot is you and not me and 2nd that I do not go down such a level and believe what some (back then) state influenced and highly controversial archive says. Even more I am not so dumb and take photos home scan em and upload em. Seems like this....."museum" has found the right brainsize for their pocket size: XXS

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    M. Johnston

    • 05/Apr/2009 20:26:04

    You make no since whatsoever, and if you are referring to the scanned images of my 35mm prints, then you truly are an idiot.

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    a pao

    • 08/Apr/2009 01:57:45

    INVITATION !! Gorky Please share with us your wonderful photo!! HIS / HER WORKS

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    Ivan Safyan Abrams

    • 10/Apr/2009 09:14:48

    It's clearly an image from a 4X5 camera--see the index marks at the top right, which are there so that darkroom techs can determine the film type by touch. I'm not certain, but I believe that this is a Kodachrome transparency. The lenses of the day were certainly capable of this sort of sharpness, and the lighting was most likely done with floods; strobes hadn't been invented and flash bulbs wouldn't have been an ideal solution. This photo was more than likely staged, as part of a "photo shoot" intended to generate photographs to encourage public support for the war effort. But it was probably taken on-site, at the Douglas plant in Long beach, California.

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    productive side

    • 10/Apr/2009 12:59:51

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

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    productive side

    • 10/Apr/2009 13:00:14

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called piece of heaven, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    Michelle Stevens

    • 14/Apr/2009 05:42:40

    good shot

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    puzzled prose

    • 15/Apr/2009 06:47:07

    fascinating, i really like it

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    • 17/Apr/2009 10:46:33

    nice! like it

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    DarkReporter / Maria Grazia Izzo

    • 19/Apr/2009 23:32:07

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

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    • 20/Apr/2009 15:55:07

    Interesting. Long before Hard Hats, Steel toe boots and safety eyeware.

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    daniel kuhne

    • 08/May/2009 17:41:20

    absolutely stunning image-quality. Another proof that LIGHT is / was essential for excellent pics ... even a bunch of years ago ;o) greets, Daniel

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    a pao

    • 19/May/2009 07:17:02

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 他的工作 (HIS / HER WORKS), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    cheerful wheel

    • 26/May/2009 10:09:52

    I am the administrator and will send you an invitation / Invitación WOW wow The photo is beautiful www.flickr.com/groups/fascination_of_life_and_love/ Besuch uns einfach, wir freuen uns um jeden Zuwachs. Visit us, we look forward to any growth. Invitation / Invitación / Einladung / Invito / Convite / Uitnodiging / Приглашение /招待 Question whether you want to join the group. Frage: ob Du der Gruppe beitreten möchtest. You're welcome in the group / > > Du bist Willkommen in der Gruppe / > > Bienvenue dans le groupe / > > Benvenuti al gruppo / > > Usted es bienvenido en el grupo / > > Você é bem-vinda no grupo

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    • 08/Jun/2009 23:47:33

    excellent image

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    • 12/Jun/2009 18:51:56

    they don't make them like they used to

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    hypnotic trip

    • 18/Jun/2009 13:53:58

    nice shot :)

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    Toan Huynh

    • 25/Jun/2009 02:56:49

    good job!

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    tulips & turpentine

    • 05/Jul/2009 13:39:13

    woah. amazing.

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    + arturo monreal

    • 08/Jul/2009 20:04:27

    me hubiera gustado ue estuvieran sucias las chicas. more dirty

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    • 09/Jul/2009 05:22:49

    good good

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    • 12/Jul/2009 23:57:08

    Awesome Shot!!! You have some great pictures in your photostream!

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    • 28/Jul/2009 07:53:24

    so cool!

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    • 29/Jul/2009 05:14:24

    Phenomenal. Yes people, it's *really* old, I can tell. For one I collect vintage clothing, and many times Hollywood can't even get the look right. I have an 11x13 color shot of Vivien Leigh in '39. The detail and clarity is simply amazing... Of course I know it's her, and it can no way be a digital. While these may have been posed photos, many of the women were extremely clean and proper, hair always done in those days. They were thrown into the workfield but still would never think of going out with wrinkled clothes, etc. Plus, I can see dirt on their fingers. Excellent, excellent shots!!

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    andrew nicholas

    • 13/Aug/2009 19:58:12

    wow - very nice lighting for 1942

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    • 19/Sep/2009 07:19:54

    Great shot!

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    hushed yarn

    • 07/Oct/2009 22:31:22

    <3 IT <3 N ! C E ~ Well Done =) Comment meee PlZ (kKKKKKKKKKKKk) (A)

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    apolonia foto

    • 12/Oct/2009 15:18:14

    loved ur photo

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    • 12/Oct/2009 15:40:12

    According to the news this morning, the old Douglas Aircraft facility is being converted to a movie production studio.

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    • 15/Oct/2009 08:06:44

    Awesome capture my friend

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    Naresh Anand

    • 28/Oct/2009 11:06:32

    nice shot.

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    Muhammad Ramzan

    • 28/Oct/2009 14:35:32

    Very Beautiful photos.

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    Jkadavoor (Jee)

    • 03/Nov/2009 10:04:57

    Beautiful. 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/Nov/2009 15:46:21

    Excellent work! Well done. Highly regard from Vietnam!

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    • 19/Nov/2009 17:32:52

    This is an excellent image. It would be even better without the vulgar tag. IMHO.

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    stimulating approval

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    • 29/Nov/2009 11:24:51

    Excellent image! I like it. :)

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    Dim Van Tim

    • 04/Dec/2009 16:18:10

    Super! Excellent image! --- Te-Ef

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    dw ork

    • 12/Jan/2010 05:03:53

    sat sri akal Thanks for sharing. O: what a beautiful woman

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    • 22/Jan/2010 10:28:31

    che bella:-)) This is a WONDERFUL photo! You are invited to share it in the ☼ Il canto delle sirene IMG7074 Post one Award one You can tag your photo "☼ Il canto delle sirene"

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    • 22/Feb/2010 21:31:21

    excelente produção!!

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    • 23/Feb/2010 00:28:45

    Nice to see women at work .. have the feminists made as much progress as they would like? How many women doing similar types of jobs nowadays? -- Seen on my Flickr home page. ( ?² )

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    Andy Marie!!!!!

    • 23/Feb/2010 02:05:56


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    • 28/Feb/2010 14:51:23

    50's style.. .....great..!!!!

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    • 10/Mar/2010 21:05:27

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Persone people людзі lidé mennesker ihmiset gens άνθρ, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 17/Mar/2010 17:28:13

    this photo makes women at work look romantic! In reality today...I wonder how many women have jobs that feel romantic???

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    • 28/Mar/2010 16:33:22


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    arturo monreal

    • 02/Apr/2010 19:52:13

    prefiero pensar q se preparan para la segunda guerra mundial... Allo!

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    Rebekah Compton

    • 03/Apr/2010 12:39:06

    Captured the history of our country in such a wonderful & fascinating way. I am impressed with the quality and color of the slide. Excellent photo!

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    • 28/Apr/2010 15:05:26

    wow nice pic

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    • 26/May/2010 02:04:09

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

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    fantastic week

    • 14/Jun/2010 13:21:10

    respected woman power is superb

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    fantastic week

    • 14/Jun/2010 13:21:47

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

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    • 18/Jun/2010 13:38:33

    Fantastic! Rosie the Riveter would be proud!

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    victorious crowd

    • 01/Jul/2010 16:16:07

    Hallo, ich bin der Administrator der Gruppe Shop window, advertising and design !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, und wir freuen uns, Ihr Foto unserer Gruppe hinzuzufügen.

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    Brianna Lee_Photography

    • 08/Jul/2010 21:14:30

    I just did a photography workshop at Northern Illinois University and it was based on the FSA. Ours was called "IF FSA...Today" It was done by high school students and based in DeKalb, Illinois.

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    • 22/Jul/2010 20:55:13

    Really Wonderful work .... Well done

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    BsooM ..

    • 29/Jul/2010 04:13:02

    cool :)

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    • 04/Aug/2010 23:58:48

    i love the smile of vintage woman .... remind me of my late grandma . wonderful !

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    la cegna

    • 10/Mar/2011 13:10:56

    factory and working girls and music www.youtube.com/watch?v=neiHn6zkrWI&tracker=False

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    Emanuele Arosio

    • 20/Dec/2011 21:16:33

    Good shot. It's very beautiful

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    • 30/Jan/2012 19:39:48

    Please be the first to join my new group and add this picture About 'Its a job' www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/ Its a job This group is all about people and what we do to earn money.... We all need money and we all earn it in different ways. Some people like their work, some not so .....lets try and capture every aspect To make this group grow I need your help, spread the word and lets see what we can create together. I cant wait to see your images....

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    • 01/Mar/2013 01:49:40

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

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    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ March 24, 2021

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    • 25/Mar/2021 11:31:26

    ✨🌟★❤✯♥♡✨ Very beautiful ✨♡♥✯❤★🌟✨

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    le cabri

    • 26/Mar/2021 01:14:28

    Great one