Friday, July 17, 2009
It must have been a Friday when this picture was taken in 1943. The photograph is in the "Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection," part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collections. This lady was working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber at an aircraft factory in Nashville, Tennessee. It must have been a Friday because she is smiling, which is extremely rare in this collection of photographs. It is certainly possible that these pictures were meant to portray the seriousness of the American workforce as it was building the arsenal of democracy. Nevertheless, among all those determined faces, it is a relief for me, 60+ years later, to see a smile. All of the collections in American Memory provide a very interesting window back in time.