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Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee (LOC)

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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.

Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee

1943 Feb.

1 transparency : color.

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

Airplane industry
World War, 1939-1945
United States--Tennessee--Nashville

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 12002-41 (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.1a35371

Call Number: LC-USW36-295

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  1. mikegmdw 51 months ago | reply

    Some lovely photos here - wish I could see my parents from the same era

  2. Abita il mondo, leggi VpS! 43 months ago | reply


    From a friend of All Women are Beautiful
    This wonderful image deserves an All Women are Beautiful Award

  3. cuisle west ... away awhile 42 months ago | reply

    Incredibly, beautifully photographed ... her reflection in the metal is a powerful and symbolic one (all comments to race aside) ... she is a 'woman' finally allowed to work in a 'man's' world.

  4. Dave Caplan 41 months ago | reply

    I reckon she actually is Rosie the riveter, or at least the inspiration for her.

  5. julianjs24 40 months ago | reply

    very interesting the color

  6. MARLOK2011 36 months ago | reply

    Love it !!!!!!!!!

  7. tarponrd2002 32 months ago | reply

    My Uncle served in the RAAF in this type aircraft. Very cool pic.

  8. ItsBastedo 31 months ago | reply

    Fantastic :)

  9. baveryhoody 25 months ago | reply

    Now this is a photograph to share with the next generations to come, a beautiful black woman a "Rosie"1 I think about how life was back then for our people, had to be strong... i know this because there are many of us here today! God bless woman, black, white, and every color under the sun!

  10. byliner-Flickr 25 months ago | reply

    A real-life Rosie the Riveter ... vivid photos!

  11. Afi Scruggs 22 months ago | reply

    @comingagain. She's black. I grew up in Nashville. I'm going share this photo with my mother, who could probably tell me the woman's name.

  12. Sorcha333 18 months ago | reply

    Wow! Fantastic shot of a real "Rosie the Riveter" in action. Just reminds us how important the female workforce outside the home became in the 40s, and how women helped to win the war!

  13. Monado 15 months ago | reply

    Very nice--but it's not a hand drill, it's an electric drill.

  14. eosDave 12 months ago | reply

    Perhaps a hand held rivet gun and not an electric drill. Holes in skin panels like the one in the photo were drilled or punched by large machine tools, not with hand held tools.

  15. wellapptdesk 9 months ago | reply

    The original Rosie the Riveter!

  16. cstrasbaugh 3 months ago | reply

    Great photo. Time to look up the "Vengeance".

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