• Such natural color in these pictures, beautiful. - dotsamantha
  • Wow! Exactly how I wore my hair the other day! - ohairas

Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest for these women workers of the assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company's plant, Long Beach, Calif. Sand bags for protection against air raid form the background. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at

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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.

Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest for these women workers of the assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company's plant, Long Beach, Calif. Sand bags for protection against air raid form the background. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber, and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo

1942 Oct.

1 transparency : color.

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

Subjects:
Douglas Aircraft Company
Airplane industry
Women--Employment
World War, 1939-1945
Eating & drinking
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.1a35335

Call Number: LC-USW36-101

leiderman, frannyglasss, carbonated, and 147 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. carbonated 76 months ago | reply

    oh goodness! the woman on the left matched her wardrobe to her thermos--now that's dedication.

  2. kostia 76 months ago | reply

    Those high-waisted pants have GOT to come back in.

  3. Clint Atkinson 67 months ago | reply

    These are all so staged and everyone dressed as lady-like as possible. But the image of women standing around like men on shiftwork must have been shockingly new to anyone seeing it in the 40's.

    Even today you don't see this kind of swagger shown by women in mixed workforces.

  4. shesajoy 67 months ago | reply

    This is beautiful. This is class.

  5. +gAbY+ 62 months ago | reply

    love it. love it love it.
    i want those pants! and that little green lunch box.
    i kill for one of those (and would sell it on ebay!)

  6. A. Page 58 months ago | reply

    great shots but with clothes like that it looks like staged propaganda, Free West vs Fascist uba alas...bad spelling I know

  7. ohairas 58 months ago | reply

    The clothes are staged, I beleive that.. but not so much the "clothes" as the colors they chose for the shots.
    These were still very much considered casual or work clothes for them.

  8. AloraGoetsch 54 months ago | reply

    this is great.
    im 18 years old and love and appreciate all these photos.
    i love history and photography
    and the two put together is just fantastic.
    i could browse through these all day.

    and i love the style in the 40s

  9. jaqui rivera 46 months ago | reply

    i love how all these women dressed for work. they still look feminine but comfortable.

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