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    July, 1942. More at the Library of Congress.

    The finished gas mask face pieces in the foreground were just flaps of rubber without eye pieces, outlet valves, straps, tabs, and other accessories when they started on the long moving belt at the far end of the line. By the time they've reached this end, however, a hundred pairs of hands have worked on them, machining, clamping, riveting, testing, and inspecting each one until the completed masks are packaged in the final stages of production. All this activity takes place in a Midwest vacuum cleaner plant which has been converted to war work. Eureka Vacuum, Detroit, Michigan.
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    re post #1340 , Eureka Vacuum, Detroit.
    While "All Hands" is a nautical term it fits here. Every society functions best when each performs their assignment toward a common goal. All for one is kind, one for all is noble.
    I do not care that many "E", War Bond, and corporate shots were staged. A big part just met demands of security, lighting, and photography in general. That a walk [nearly worldwide] into a surplus store, [I]70-odd years hence[I] proves the accomplishment.

    Elsewhere a funny thing. At any instant, a few nations display how their process 'works'.
    We know their government media is only able to portray it, therefore falsely.

    Jon. I'm glad such things were recorded for posterity, education, even enjoyment. Each holds a lesson. Keep them coming.
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    1920s Cape Cod Canal work crew.

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    Pioneers of the production line, these two young workers are among the first women ever to operate a centerless grinder, a machine requiring both the knowledge of precision measuring instruments, and considerable experience and skill in setting up. In this Midwest drill and tool plant, manned almost exclusively by women, centerless grinders have been efficiently operated by women for more than a year, and company production figures have continued to soar. Republic Drill and Tool Company, Chicago, Illinois. 1942.
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    Kind of hard to tell what is going on in this barge on the canal.

    It looks like those might be some type of pumps (2 items) driven by manual power. But with the lines seemingly tied to one of the wheels of one pump would keep that from happening.

    What is the large line running under the barge supposed to do? Is it a line that another craft, like a ferry across the canal, is normally used to move the ferry from one side to the other side of the canal?

    Is the "barge" in which the work men are standing actually 2 barges tied together?
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    It does look like 2 barges "rafted" together. The 2 pumps are hand cranked diving compressors, somebody has just draped some lines over them. The 2 men rear centre, wearing beanies, are divers in standard dress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
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    Think about that, and fact of not only instance of such a report. manned almost exclusively by women, centerless grinders have been efficiently operated by women for more than a year, and company production figures have continued to soar.
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    Thanks Phil. I hadn't noticed the the dive gear the beanie guys are wearing. Good catch. Do you think the 4 guys in the right hand area could have an "air line" stretching off in the distance to the right to a possible 3rd diver in the water somewhere?



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    But what could they possibly be doing in that frigid water?

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    Richard, not with those air pumps unmanned.

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