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October 1942. "Noontime rest for an assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

From the Office of War Information, these images of the American war effort at the onset of WWII are both sunny and serious, documenting romance, patriotism, and Paul Simon's America. It's not my fault he has the perfect song for it. What's a girl to do? Below, this series of Kodachromes is a brief bit of photojournalism dedicated to the 1940s, especially the exciting inclusion of women into the workforce, and the great fashion tips that came along.

 

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"Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training methods. Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California." Skipping ahead to 2009, and the end of an era: Today Kodak announced that, after 74 colorful years, it will stop making Kodachrome film. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

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August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Aviation Cadet Thanas at Naval Air Base." 4x5 Kodachrome by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information.

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August 1942. "Formerly a sociology major at the University of Southern California, Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis (left) now "keeps 'em flyin'" at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a supervisor under civil service in the Assembly and Repair Department. It is her job to maintain morale among the women by helping them solve housing and other personal problems. With her is Jo Ann Whittington, an NYA trainee at the plant." Large format Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

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Clinton, Iowa. April 1943. "Chicago & North Western Railroad. Women wipers at the roundhouse cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." In the red bandanna: Marcella Hart, seen here in a few other posts. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

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August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information.

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October 1942. "Two assembly line workers at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company enjoy a well-earned lunch period. Nacelle parts of a heavy bomber form the background." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

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August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Women from all fields have joined the production army. Miss Grace Weaver, a civil service worker at the Naval Air Base and a schoolteacher before the war, is doing her part for victory along with her brother, who is a flying instructor in the Army. Miss Weaver paints the American insignia on repaired Navy plane wings." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

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July 1942. "Birmingham (near Detroit), Michigan. Herbs and kitchen utensils in a house in Birmingham." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Arthur S. Siegel, Office of War Information.

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Chicago, December 1942. "Apparatus used at the laboratory at the Chicago & North Western RR's 40th Street yards for analyzing solutions of metals used in locomotives and the railroad plant in general." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

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This 35mm Kodachrome found in a thrift store is dated August 1959 and bears the notation "Jim, Bristlecone." The color-coordinated Chevrolet truck and Traveleze trailer are a nice late-Fifties touch.

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May 1943. Houston, Texas. "Old house fruit stand on Franklin Street." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon. 900 Franklin Street today from above.

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Bombardier nose section of a B-17F Navy bomber at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, Calif. October 1942. The B-17F "Flying Fortress" is a later model of the B-17. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

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December 1941. Akron, Ohio. "Manufacture of self-sealing gas tanks, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co." A patriotic ensemble of red, white and blue. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

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October 1942. "Douglas Aircraft plant at Long Beach, California. An A-20 bomber being riveted by a woman worker." (With, yes, a power drill.) 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

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March 1943. "Camouflage class at New York University, where men and women are preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry. This model has been camouflaged and photographed. The girl is correcting oversights detected in the camouflaging of a model defense plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.

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August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis, senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base, talking with one of the men." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

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October 1942. Douglas Aircraft Co. at Long Beach, California. "Carefully trained women inspectors check cargo transport innerwings before they are assembled on the fuselage." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

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Nov. 1941. Etna, Pennsylvania. "Blast furnaces and ore at the Carnegie-Illinois Steel mills." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

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Chicago, April 1943. "General view of part of the South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

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1942. Inglewood, California. Riveting team working on the cockpit shell of a C-47 heavy transport at North American Aviation. "The versatile C-47 performs many important tasks for the Army. It ferries men and cargo across the oceans and mountains, tows gliders and brings paratroopers and their equipment to scenes of action." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

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South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago. May 1, 1943. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

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Carr Fork Canyon as seen from the "G" Bridge, Bingham Copper Mine, Utah. Nov. 1942. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

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