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From the Great Depression to World War II - photos from the American Memory collection

The American Memory collection contains more than 162,000 images taken between 1935 and 1944 by government-hired photographers. If you were to look at 100 of them per day, every day, you'd need more than four years to view them all. As a photographer, I consider these images nothing short of wondrous. This blog showcases some of them.

October 23, 2008

Arms Inspector

to locate this image on the American Memory website, use search terms BERTHA and KENTUCKYIdentified as 21-year-old Bertha Stallworth, this young woman inspected artillery cartridges as part of her job. Hundreds of similar photos in this collection show women performing non-traditional tasks while men served in the armed forces during World War II.

Taken in Frankfort, Kentucky in Jan. 1943.

(photographer: Howard R. Hollem)

to locate this image, use search terms: Bertha, Kentucky

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