Thursday, March 14, 2013

Vengeance Dive Bomber



Today's picture is from 1943, and shows a woman working on a Vengeance Dive Bomber. The picture was taken at a factory in Nashville, Tennessee. Like many of the images from this series, she is wearing jewelry in a factory, which of course is a safety concern. Not sure if this was normal for the time, or that everyone was just dressed up for the picture.

8 comments:

  1. I think your second is the better possibility. Every machine shop I have been in required that all rings and bracelets be put away. Rings break fingers and bracelets can pull hands and arms into the machinery.

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  2. I agree, not only dangerous but uncomfortable, rings and bracelets make working with your hands difficult.

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  3. Quick story but my Dad was working on one of those radio towers once and he liked to take his wedding band off and put it on his thumb for some weird reason. One day he slipped and his ring which was on his thumb got stuck on a brace. He was dangling by his thumb before he got his footing back. The ring cut through his thumb and nearly took it completly off. One doctor told him he was going to loose the thumb so he saw another doctor who fixed it up and saved it. It was good that he took his ring off but I'll never understand why he put it on the tip of his thumb. When I had friends over I used to like to show them my Daddy's mangeled thumb.

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  4. I suspect it had more to do with the time period. No OSHA.

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  5. My aunt worked in a factory during WWII, and she once showed us photos taken on the job. She remarked that the ladies had to remove their rings so they wouldn't glare in the pictures (B&W), but everybody wore jewelry as a matter of course. I think Danny has it - no OSHA.

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  6. I agree with Danny. People had to take responsibility for their actions back then, and that wasn't actually that long ago. No nanny state regulating and "protecting" us.

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  7. Common sense and the desire not to have one's jewelry damaged says remove it before working on machines.

    My Dad was a physician and he used to tell us about terrible accidents that would happen, including jewelry mishaps. He made us all aware of safety concerns, which was his object.

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  8. This photo is by Alfred Palmer, and it was posed. She isn't actually working and thats why she has the jewelry. He was put in charge to take pictures that empowered the US and often his pictures were not realistic. Beautiful, but not realistic.

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