Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Working class women: vintage photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 09, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: female labor force, vintage photo, women at work

Love the faces of these hard-working women in a factory town, enjoying a spot of lunch, ca.1960.


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I just love the vintage photos you find!

dharmapupil | August 10, 2010 3:47 AM

Looks like a Van Gogh or Dorthea Lange.
Dr. B, do you know who the photographer is/was?

dharmapupil | August 10, 2010 3:49 AM

Looks like a Van Gogh or Dorthea Lange.
Dr. B, do you know who the photographer is/was?

Gloria Brame | August 10, 2010 4:25 AM

No, wish I did. Found this in an estate seller's photo collection(s) on eBay. Not sure if it was professionally shot or amateur. Sure looks like it could have been in LIFE magazine, though!


It looks like professional quality. That's a great photo.

They look like very hard workers.

This photo is included in the Denver Post's collection of Depression and WWII-era color photographs that are in the collection of the Library of Congress. This one is captioned as "Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress"

I'm not clear why someone is claiming on ebay to be selling it. Maybe someone's got a copy of a print, but it looks like the color slide is property of LoC.