Monday, February 5, 2007

Women of WWII

Woman at work on motor, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Palmer, Alfred T., photographer.

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif.
Bransby, David, photographer.

Woman working on an airplane motor at North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Calif.
Palmer, Alfred T., photographer.
These are very interesting photographs. These women were truly revolutionaries of their time and they deserve a great amount of respect. They are working jobs that used to be reserved for men. But there is something is funny about these photographs isn't there? These women are working on huge motors and machines. Dirty jobs. Yet, they are in floral print dresses, with their hair curled, with bright red lipstick on. I kind of wonder if that was their choice or some kind of dress code set down by the factories. I guess all revolutionaries need to take baby steps.

1 comment:

Worth Weller said...

very observant Elyse - you picked right up on this very subtle "bias" displayed by these photos.