Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Aircraft Engine



Today's picture features a woman working on building an aircraft engine. The picture was taken in 1942 at the North American Avaiation Plant in California. I am surprised that the woman is working with a ring and bracelet. I wonder if this was just for the picture or if they people would normally work with their jewelry on back then.

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  1. I would have to think the dangly bracelet was only for the photo shoot. Love her hair though. Great photo, thanks for sharing.
    -Anne K.

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  2. Having grown up always fascinated by photographs from WWII, whether the home front or the battle front, I don't remember any of them being in color. These color photographs and films of the war in color now shown on television bring an entirely new reality to those days. To all those who served, thank you.

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  3. I imagine all those war production photos were staged. "Let's put good lookin' Betty in the picture. Gertrude, would you mind stepping aside for a moment?"

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  4. The ring can be dangerous as well. The ring finger can be skinned, broken or even amputated if caught on something.

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  5. Was this photo taken by Alfred Palmer? The obvious staging and style of lighting look like his work.

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  6. I don't want to intrude on your personal life if it's unwelcome. But I miss the updates from your daughter about her work in Kenya. Will her spot be back on your site at some point?

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    1. Jan,
      She is doing well, and is briefly back in the US raising support for another year in Africa. She hopes to return to Africa in about a month. We are very much enjoying the time with her.

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  7. She's installing one of the spark plugs that the Bomb Tester lady from Sunday's pic tested and approved for installation. True story.

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  8. bracelet and ring or no, I wish women looked this nice to go to work these days!! I would consider this look a vast improvement over some "work appropriate" looks I have seen lately!

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  9. My first day of aircraft maintenance school...1969, Sheppard Air Force Base TX...the instructor paseed around an eight by ten photo of a severed finger, followed by another, of a hand missing that finger, and the wedding band that was on the finger. We got the message.

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