wwii workers

View of a woman worker taking a test for manual dexterity at the AC Spark Plug Division plant. Man’s hand holding stopwatch in foreground. Label on back: “Skill in turning the pegs a full turn helps select those girls with better manual dexterity.” Handwritten on back: “AC Spark Plug Div. Women workers.” 1942-45

  • Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

It was said that when Hitler was in his darkest moods and suffered great trepidation in his choices, Inge Ley could give him calm and restore his confidence with the simplest words. Inge was able to make Hitler consider secondary choices to decisions and to encourage his interaction with the populace. She was known to even follow Hitler to the front despite his ardent demands to the contrary, so committed was Inge to her Fuhrer.

Hoffmann Collection. Adolf Hitler at the Obersaltzberg. Date unknown. Heinrich Hoffmann (September 12, 1885 – December 11, 1957) was a German photographer best known for his many published photographs of Adolf Hitler. Hoffmann worked in his father’s photographic shop and as a photographer in Munich from 1908.He joined the NSDAP in 1920 and was chosen by its new leader Hitler as his official photographer.

Female rail workers in Oakland 1943

Servicing what appears to be a Mountain class locomotive

World War II represented a turning point for women’s employment in the United States. While women, especially unmarried women, had increasingly taken jobs outside the home since the turn of the century, most worked in service and clerical positions. In the early 1940s, however, wartime production combined with labor shortages to open new opportunities for women in comparitively high-paying industrial jobs…including the railroads.