A woman finishing a bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, 1942.
Assembling a section of leading edge for the horizontal stabilizer of a plane, North American Aviation, Inc. in Inglewood, California, 1942.
A woman is trained to work on an engine installation at the Douglas Aircraft Company, 1942.
Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy painting the American insignia on airplane wings. Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas in August, 1942
WW0031 – plane girls – America – 1940’s /alfred T. Palmer
Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a “Vengeance” dive bomber, Tennessee (LOC) Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.
Women working on a bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, CA 1942.
A woman working as a shop technician at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, 1942. Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.
A woman operating a turret lathe (1942) photo Howard R. Hollem
We all know the image of Rosie the Riveter, the woman with blue overalls and a red bandana showing her biceps (on the poster with the text “we can do it”) she represents the American women who worked in factories during World War II. The wonderful pictures above are the actual women, some even have a name, like Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, in retrospect a rather romantic view of the actual war industry. Most of the pictures were taken by Alfred T.Palmer, found in the Library of Congress (via petapixel)
Carmen Miranda (* 9. Februar 1909 in Marco de Canaveses in der Provinz Beira Alta in Portugal; † 5. August 1955 in Beverly Hills), eigentlich Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha war Sängerin und Schauspielerin. Carmen Miranda wurde als zweites von sechs Kindern von José Maria Pinto da Cunha in Portugal geboren, jedoch zog die Familie nach Brasilien, ehe Carmen zwei Jahre alt war, und ließ sich in Rio de Janeiro nieder.
In Los Angeles’s infamous “Zoot Suit riots” of 1943, young Chicanos in zoot suits (or “Pachucos” as they were called) were targeted by thousands of white sailors who asserted their racial supremacy by beating and stripping wearers of the fashion. As the days passed historical records show that thousands of servicemen joined the attacks. After several days the military intervened.
During the riots many females who were “Pachucas” (we would probably say “Chola” today) or were in the presence of a zoot suiter were arrested as well (via)
The zoot suit was first seen in the 1930s in New York at the height of the Harlem Jazz culture. Many referred to them as “drapes.” During that time, the suit was worn by and popularized by African-Americans. A Fedora hat was also often worn to complement the zoot suit.