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    1940s actress's hair caught in drill press - photo

    Actress Veronica Lake with her hair caught in a drill press to demonstrate the potential dangers of factory work during WWII.

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    Best staged photo ever!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntheGroove View Post
    Best staged photo ever!!!
    yes of course it was the intent of the photo was to show the women workers what could happen with their hair around rotating equipment not what had actually happened. there were also a host of safety photos created by the department of defense aimed at warning workers of the dangers of machines. if a worker was injured it meant lost productivity
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    "Today, in spite of her lovely face and beautiful voice, she’s mostly remembered for her hair. Life magazine called her hair “a Cinema Property of World Influence” Such an influence, in fact, that when factory women were injured by their hair catching in war-time assembly-line machinery, the government requested she wear her hair up for the war effort. Lake complied by demonstrating her new updo on national television, and women everywhere followed her lead. Eventually she cut her hair off and began her slide down into obscurity. Many believed it was because of the haircut, but the truth is probably closer to her succumbing to mental illness. She died in 1973 of complications arising from alcohol abuse."

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    interesting that they chose a backwards rotating drill for the demo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyfoale View Post
    interesting that they chose a backwards rotating drill for the demo.
    Not so much a backward rotating drill as they wound her hair onto the drill backwards and you can see the reason why they did it.
    Had they wound the drill in the correct direction her hair would have obscured the drill chuck from view and possibly obscured part of her pretty face
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    Not so much a backward rotating drill as they wound her hair onto the drill backwards and you can see the reason why they did it.
    Had they wound the drill in the correct direction her hair would have obscured the drill chuck from view and possibly obscured part of her pretty face
    Hombre, I was joking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyfoale View Post
    Hombre, I was joking.
    I know you were but a little explanation might help others understand not everything in life has to be according to Hoyale when the intent is to stress safety
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    Had Photoshop existed in the 1940s, they would've just mirrored the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Had Photoshop existed in the 1940s, they would've just mirrored the image.

    Fullsize image: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...d_fullsize.jpg

    Jon we used to flip photos all the time back in the day of negative films just place in under the enlarger upside down and have a mirror image
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