Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sepia Saturday: Women in the factories


Box, women in white dresses, factories - all possible ideas to build on from this week's theme photo for Sepia Saturday. I've looked at my own photos and came up with nothing, so I've gone to The Commons and   come up with a couple of photos I think are relevant.

The first is a lady in a white coat, working indoors (but not in a factory). The second is of one of the army of women who worked in factories during WW2 (many of whom had to give up their jobs to returning servicemen after the war).

Woman using microscope, St Lukes Hospital, US Insustrial Alcohol Company. Photographer: Robert Yarnell, 1938 . Source: Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library. The Commons.
Woman welding for the Saint John River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida, c1943. Source: State Library and Archives of Florida. The Commons.

15 comments:

  1. Women are clever, they can do any job or profession
    when they had or have the chance of a good education. Countries who still today deny girls an education lose out in a very big way. Spending money on Education should be number one for any Government. Sadly most money goes into the military war armaments.

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  2. A nice tribute to women in the work force, and perfect timing too with March being Women's History Month.

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  3. Nice contrast of gazes, that second one is certainly steady. Happily it is not as unusual for women to be shipbuilding welders nowadays.

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  4. These are spelndid photographs you've chosen for us and I agree with Wendy - a nice tribute!

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  5. Oh yes, this is a nice reflection of those hard working woman in our days gone by!

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  6. Good job that the woman in the second picture isn't actually welding - it looks much more like a cutting torch. In any case she should have her eye protection mask down.

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  7. Those are two totally different jobs, but the photos don't look very different. I guess that's because both women were posing with the tools of their trade.

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  8. Great choices! Certainly lots of boxes in that first photo!

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  9. It's seems wrong now that after having shown that they could do the job, they lost them at the end of the war, but it's all too easy to judge those days from the viewpoint of our own time.

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  10. Both splendid photographs. You suspect that the first one is posed, there is something a little too neat and considered about the shot. The second one is far more realistic, you can almost feel the heat of the torch.

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  11. Interesting photos. I too picked up the working woman theme.

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  12. It looks a bit like a publicity shot - possibly the factory wanted to emphasize how they employed women. They chose a pretty one for the shot. Or am I being cynical?

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  13. I seldom see old photos of women doing a man's job like the one on the second photo. Nice take on the prompt.

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  14. Yes,possibly the only good thing about Wars are the need to encourage women out of the home & into the work place.

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Lorraine