The Human Machinery of War

Photograph: Four Workers in a Bomber Factory

Original Title/Caption: “Production. Bombers. High speed bomber production at new plant. Advanced manufacturing methods ensure record output. Fixtures are used in places instead of jigs. Frame section is riveted by the man at the right, while the man at the left bucks up the rivets.”

 

Description: In this black and white photograph, four men work on a bomber.  At the bottom of the photograph, two men work on either side of a large piece of circular metal, one riveting and the other bucking up the rivets.  Two other men work above these two workers.  This photograph was taken in May 1942 by Robert Yarnall Richie.

 

Source: Richie, Robert Yarnall, photographer. “Production. Bombers. High speed bomber production at new plant. Advanced manufacturing methods ensure record output. Fixtures are used in places instead of jigs. Frame section is riveted by the man at the right, while the man at the left bucks up the rivets.”  Photograph, 1942.  From Library of Congress: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Call number LC-USE6- D-004469.  http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b03193/ (accessed March 20, 2007).

 

Historical discussion: Wartime propaganda linked the work ethic, habits, and safety record of workers on the home front with fate of American soldiers abroad and the outcome of the war.