• The Pen is capped, she's faking it - bmsirrine
  • She's not faking it. Look at a more detailed photo. There's an exposed lead on the tip of the "pen." - Whyteshadow
  • I suspect that this is not a pen. It is probably a continuity tester of some type, looking for wiring problems - ARHeminger
  • 40's "updo" done with rollers - Liz Henry
  • While it may be posed, it appears she is tracing threads on a coupling. - valhall64
  • shoulder pads - bad_idea_dinosaur
  • Remember back in the day when a war stimulated an economy instead of killing it! If robots existed then she would be begging like the rest of us - Kuby!
  • Inspector, my eye. That's a model! - jdavis417
  • Given that she is in Burbank, I'm surprised she is wearing long sleeves in June. I wonder if the room was air-conditioned for the equipment? - hmschott
  • but no working human would be dressed like her!!!! FAKED PHOTO?? - Rainer Fischer Photography (in and out-education)
  • Pearl button - hmschott
  • you sure she's not applying lipstick? :) - Dill Pixels (THE ORIGINAL)
  • She was probably wearing her best for the event of being photographed for posterity. Who'd want to be photographed in factory overalls? - Veracity
  • Kodachrome Type B. - shobar
  • the felt tiped marker was invented in1952 - petanque don
  • Yeah, this isn't a pen.
    While this photo may have been a publicity stunt, it's pretty authentic. - /go/rikka
  • If you knew you were going to be photographed, you'd dress up, too. These were different times, people took pride in how they looked. - 1hr photo
  • not a pen. if you look at it in original size, you can see it's a glare that makes it appear to be a pen cap - Alexandriaofthenile
  • lived in burbank it was nice then, not so much any more, too many people that don't love america any more... - camed1942
  • Women have come a long way since then. - a was here
  • dot. - Punk Marciano
  • This is not a faked photo...women and men back then DRESSED....unlike today. It's not uncommon at all to see factory or other labor workers from that era wearing clothes that we think would be too dressy for work. - Walkinonsunshine

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies (LOC)

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Bransby, David,, photographer.

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies

1942 June

1 transparency : color.

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

Subjects:
Vega Aircraft Corporation
Airplane industry
Women--Employment
World War, 1939-1945
United States--California--Burbank

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 12002-66 (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.1a34456

Call Number: LC-USW36-273

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  1. ChaneyB 44 months ago | reply

    I wish there was some info on what ever became of this beauty!

  2. 1000_Wordsworth [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

    Soldierhouse Rules: This episode finds Mavis trying to restring her harp after the earthquake of 42.

  3. cuxclipper  back home 38 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing.
    We look forward to more pictures of you!!
    On The Job - Bei der Arbeit - En el trabajo

    Festmacher bei der Arbeit / Mooring man at work

  4. Nachtfata´s people [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    waw... all people should work looking like that....

  5. Bernardo Gaetani 35 months ago | reply

    Nice photo! Is incredible to see one photo so old and like new...

  6. Davinia_A 35 months ago | reply

    qué maravilla

  7. Craigmarsh 35 months ago | reply

    wow, Stunning beauty. She got the proper look as it says. Great photography indeed.

  8. Tro Choi 34 months ago | reply

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  9. liwazi 33 months ago | reply

    That's really gorgeous! Always love earlier 20th style

  10. zoechan2010 31 months ago | reply

    wa~~~~wa~~~~~wa~~~~~

  11. 1maryann1 25 months ago | reply

    i'm pretty sure this is my mother who worked for the OSS and went undercover into factories for inspections. the lady who said 'people don't dress like that' i can tell you in my mom's case, she looked like a million bucks 24/7. she didn't work at it, she just WAS gorgeous. dark hair , blue eyes and not an 'american beauty' 1st generation american UKRAINIAN beauty.

  12. johnsbrana 24 months ago | reply

    This picture reminds me of my grandmother's description of working on the B-24 at Ford's Willow Run factory during the war.

  13. rainbow6562011 23 months ago | reply

    A ten out of ten for the woman's beauty and tonality of the photo.

  14. haroldseifert 17 months ago | reply

    impressive indeed!

  15. Walt Jabsco 14 months ago | reply

    Great historical photograph ruined on flickr thanks to all the hideous notes applied

  16. STEPHANT.PHILIPPE 6 months ago | reply

    très belle photo

  17. kutterfoto 3 months ago | reply

    Perfect colors!
    Excellent composition!
    Good planning!
    I like the light and the idea!
    Very sharp in the right places!
    I hope that many will be able to see the picture!
    And your other beautiful photos!
    The picture is exceptionally worth seeing!
    Well done!
    Have a nice Sunday dear kind friend!

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