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Chicago – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘Always Something Interesting’

August 1942. Republic Drill and Tool, Chicago.

“Pioneers of the production line, these young workers are among the first women to operate a centerless grinder in this Midwest drill and tool plant, manned almost exclusively by women.”

Ann Rosener, Office of War Information

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More photos of Chicago, Illinois; HERE:

http://www.shorpy.com/image/tid/258

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In 1942, Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller was hired by the Westinghouse Company’s War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of posters for the war effort.

One of these posters became the famous “We Can Do It!” image—an image that in later years would also be called “Rosie the Riveter”, though it was never given this title during the war.

Miller based his “We Can Do It!” poster on a United Press International wire service photograph taken of Ann Arbor, Michigan, factory worker Geraldine Hoff (later Doyle), who was 17 and briefly working as a metal-stamping machine operator.

The intent of the poster was to keep production up by boosting morale, not to recruit more women workers. It was shown only to Westinghouse employees in the Midwest during a two-week period in February 1943, then it disappeared for nearly four decades. During the war, the name “Rosie” was not associated with the image, and it was not about women’s empowerment. It was only later, in the early 1980s, that the Miller poster was rediscovered and became famous, associated with feminism, and often mistakenly called “Rosie The Riveter”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter

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personal thought:

Not only could these women ‘could’, but they ‘DID’; and as a baby-boomer, I will be forever grateful.

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May 23, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment