When millions of men joined the armed forces, women had to replace them by taking jobs that previously had been held by men – such as bank teller, shoe salesperson or even aircraft mechanic. Woman started working in factories – this was called the “Rosie the Riveter” phenomenon. [Read more...]
Plane Jane: 1942
October 1942. Long Beach, California. “Women are trained to do precise and vital engine installation detail in Douglas Aircraft Co. plants.”
Kodachrome Goes to War: 1942
October 1942. “Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training methods. Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.”
The Red Socks: 1942
October 1942. Yet another still from the Technicolor pajama party that was the American aircraft industry in World War II: “Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.”
Rosie at Work: 1942
June 1942. Engine inspector for North American Aviation at Long Beach, California.
Doing Her Part: 1942
October 1942. Inglewood, California. “Young woman employee of North American Aviation working over the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane.”
Just You Wait, Mr. Hitler: 1942
October 1942. Long Beach, California. “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.”
Marcella and Elibia: 1943
Women employed as roundhouse wipers having lunch, Chicago & North Western Railroad, Clinton, Iowa. Marcella Hart is at left, Mrs. Elibia Siematter at right. April 1943
The Avenger: 1943
Working on a “Vengeance” dive-bomber at Vultee-Nashville. February 1943.
Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943
February 1943. Heil & Co., Milwaukee. “Agnes Cliemka, age 23, husband may be going into the service any day. Agnes used to work in a department store. Checking fuel hose on gasoline trailer before it is turned over to the Air Force.”
A Nice Hot Cup of Delicious Air
October 1942. Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach.
War Machine: 1942
October 1942. Engine installers at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California.
Angel of History: 1942
B-25 bomber cowl assembly, North American Aviation, Kansas City, Kansas. October 1942.
Fort Worth: 1942
October 1942. Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft plant in Fort Worth, Texas.
Paging Rosie: 1942
October 1942. “Douglas Aircraft plant at Long Beach, California. An A-20 bomber being riveted by a woman worker.” (With, yes, a power drill.)
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