Saturday, September 17, 2005

Retro B/W Photos Digitized with superb results

This 1943 B&W photo (digitally enhanced) entitled
"Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse
having lunch in their rest room, C. & N.W. R.R., Clinton, Iowa"

is part of the U.S. Library of Congress collection.
and reminds me of a Norman Rockwell painting.
It's gems like this that truly make Boing Boing
'a directory of wonderful things'

A few more photos from the time of The Great Depression
through World War II

I can't get over how the poise, grace and dignity these factory workers
display still inspires photographers and artists today. I gigged at a major
retail Dept. store once and the Retro styles of Jeans and other
'hip, inspired' clothing I saw there are all easily found here.

Lucile Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service,
working on black-out lamps to be used on the gasoline trailers in the
Air Force, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisc.

A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach,
Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company

Women are trained to do precise and vital engine installation detail in
Douglas Aircraft Company plants, Long Beach, Calif.

Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest for these women workers of the
assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company's plant, Long Beach, Calif.

Another lady on lunch break at Douglas

Compare to Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover May 1943

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