Monday, March 11, 2013

Gun Parts

Women in the Workforce Week continues here at OPOD with this picture from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The picture was taken in 1942, and shows a young woman working at the Vilter Manufacturing Company. The company made small arms for the war effort in World War II.


  1. That woman has a vice.

    1. HA ! Good one, Myrtle. Thats a pretty substantial vice too. I had a newer cheapo vice on my work bench and the thing fell apart. Lots of play in it. I went to the flea market and got one like the one this lady is working on. Built to last for sure.

  2. You're always going to get my attention with a picture of a vise.

    25 years ago there were more workbenches in my customers' garages, and they always seemed to have at least one vise. When they got in over their heads with a project they would call someone like me. The best customer workbench of all was a lady who did upholstery for a sideline. She didn't have a vise. Upholsterers use clamps to pull the fabric tight.

    My daughter-in-law also likes to work with her hands and enjoys using my woodshop to make picture frames and other doodads. She also helps me on my jobs and is a good hand, which is the best complement I can give.

    Louis L'Amour used to write that a person was someone you could "ride the river with", and by this he meant someone you could rely on. Whether it was pioneer women, or women working in factories during the wars, or women in the armed services today, I have nothing but respect for them.

    Will from Lafayette

  3. According to the company history site... Vilter made 105mm howitzers during WW2. Not exactly small arms.