The first is a set of photographs capturing the women who built the planes that allowed the US to continue forward during WWII while the men were off at war. As the author of the article points out, it is amazing to think of our grandmothers building bombers…but many of them did. A former coworker of mine’s grandmother was a riveter making planes. She explained that many women took on male names – her name was Hank. I love the image that created for me.
Here is a glimpse or two of the photographs:
Check out the article on BoredPanda (where I linked the photos from). It includes an article from a newspaper about hiring women in 1943. Great article.
The second site is the Denver Post who recently posted photos printed from colored slides from 1939-1943. These photographs are taken from all over the US in an effort to show the effects of the depression in rural areas.
Check out the site for more pictures. They have 70 posted. All are quite fascinating to look at how much and (in some cases) how little things have changed.
And, just to leave you with something a bit more lighthearted, I would recommend you go read The Bicycle of Terror. If you are a parent, you can related to how you make something worse when trying to make things better with your kids. Even if you aren’t a parent, you can probably relate somehow.