We’ve seen colorized portraits of popular and historical figures, but Webmaster Dave over at Shorpy.com allows us to see history in an entirely new light with his ongoing submissions of large-format Kodachromes. Dave’s website generally focuses on extracting pictures from the online catalog of the Library of Congress and sharing them with a wide audience, but his personal effort to adjust the color and contrast of these archived transparencies has amplified their reality and even enlivened them.

On its own, the Library of Congress provides an insightful look at America’s rich history, but it is the images from the 1940’s (1940-1943, in particular) that seem to have piqued Dave’s interest. His gallery on Shorpy reveals countless photos from this wartime, many of which were captured by photographer Alfred T. Palmer on color reversal film, taken for the Office of War Information; an agency created to release war news, promote patriotism, and recruit women to work.

The photos from this archive feature plenty of 1940’s women putting a little elbow grease into their vocational work. Instead of our expected vision of the vintage mother and wife primping, nursing, and cleaning, we’re given a taste of some hard laboring technicians that were vital in building aircraft during World War II. By exhibiting a polychromatic set of photos, the images are no longer just recorded pieces of history that we feel a disconnect from. They appear to be a more life-like, relatable series of photos.

Much more at the link below.

Colorized Photos of Women Building War Planes in the 1940s

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Husband to Sharon for 31 plus years. Dad to four. Grand Dad to five, four of them girls. Retired Navy. Sometime Mechanic, Railroader, Airplane Builder. Currently a Civilian Employee of the USAF at Edwards AFB. Survived Renal Cell Carcinoma. A walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction, Taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home. Counted the stars on the 4th of July Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky Talking about redemption and leaving things behind As the sun sinks west of the Mendocino county line
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4 Responses to Colorized Photos of Women Building War Planes in the 1940s

  1. ORPO1 says:

    Reblogged this on The Lexicans.

  2. Pingback: Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » Women Building Airplanes During WWII, in Color

  3. Every time I see pictures of these women doing what they did for America, I find them so riveting.

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