The Human Machinery of War

Photograph: Man Working on Power Transformer

Original Title/Caption: “Transformer manufacture. These porcelain spirals are part of the works of a power transformer; transformers are essential to war production industries, and this employee of a large Eastern electrical company, working in the bushing section, is contributing essentially to Uncle Sam's war effort. Bushings are the tubes which hold the copper leads.”

 

Description: In this black and white photograph, a man works on a power transformer.  The man stands in front of rows of long cylindrical porcelain tubes that have spirals along their length.  This photograph was taken in February 1942 by Alfred T. Palmer.

 

Source: Palmer, Alfred T., photographer. “Transformer manufacture. These porcelain spirals are part of the works of a power transformer; transformers are essential to war production industries, and this employee of a large Eastern electrical company, working in the bushing section, is contributing essentially to Uncle Sam's war effort. Bushings are the tubes which hold the copper leads.”  Photograph, 1942.  From Library of Congress: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Call number LC-USE6- D-002883.  http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b02113/ (accessed March 20, 2007).

 

Historical discussion: Posters, pamphlets, and other materials proclaimed “Work Will Win the War” and referred to workers as “Production Soldiers.”