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Palmer Alfred: Capturing the Spirit of American Industry in 1942 Alfred T Palmer, a renowned photographer

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Welder making boilers for a ship, Combustion Engineering Co. Chattanooga, Tenn. 1942

Welder making boilers for a ship, Combustion Engineering Co. Chattanooga, Tenn. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Welder making boilers for a ship, Combustion Engineering Co. Chattanooga, Tenn

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: P-51 ('Mustang') fighter planes being prep... North American Aviation, Inc, Inglewood, Calif. 1942

P-51 ("Mustang") fighter planes being prep... North American Aviation, Inc, Inglewood, Calif. 1942
P-51 (" Mustang" ) fighter planes being prepared for test flight at the field of the North American Aviation, Inc. plant in Inglewood, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. Akron, Ohio, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. Akron, Ohio, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. Akron, Ohio

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, Toledo, Ohio, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, Toledo, Ohio, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, Toledo, Ohio. Side view of a glass furnace melting the carefully compounded batch required for the production of Fiberglas thermal insulation being installed in

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Smoke stacks, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Smoke stacks, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Smoke stacks

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. Toledo, Ohio, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. Toledo, Ohio, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. Toledo, Ohio. Intense heat is needed to melt the inorganic ingredients of the batch from which Fiberglas insulation wool is manufactured

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: F. W. Hunter, Army test pilot, Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, Calif. 1942

F. W. Hunter, Army test pilot, Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
F.W. Hunter, Army test pilot, Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Girl inspector confers with a worker as she... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Girl inspector confers with a worker as she... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Girl inspector confers with a worker as she makes a careful check of center wings for C-47 transport planes, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Girl inspectors at the Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company make a careful

Girl inspectors at the Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company make a careful check of center wings for C-47 transport planes

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: With careful Douglas training, women do... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

With careful Douglas training, women do... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
With careful Douglas training, women do accurate electrical assembly and installation work, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training... Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training... Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training methods, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Douglas Aircraft... Long Beach, Calif

American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Douglas Aircraft... Long Beach, Calif
American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Douglas Aircraft Company, give important help in producing dependable planes for their men at the front, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: The careful hands of women are trained in... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

The careful hands of women are trained in... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
The careful hands of women are trained in precise aircraft engine installation duties at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Crane operator at TVAs Douglas Dam, Tennessee, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Crane operator at TVAs Douglas Dam, Tennessee, 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Crane operator at TVAs Douglas Dam, Tennessee

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest... Douglas Aircraft Companys plant, Long Beach, Calif

Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest... Douglas Aircraft Companys plant, Long Beach, Calif
Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest for these women workers of the assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Companys plant, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Electric phosphate smelting furnace used in the making of elem... Muscle Shoals area, Alabama, 1942

Electric phosphate smelting furnace used in the making of elem... Muscle Shoals area, Alabama, 1942
Electric phosphate smelting furnace used in the making of elemental phosphorus in a TVA chemical plant in the Muscle Shoals area, Alabama

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Carefully trained women inspectors check and... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Carefully trained women inspectors check and... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Carefully trained women inspectors check and inspect cargo transport innerwings before they are assembled on the fuselage, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: A girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant... Long Beach, Calif

A girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant... Long Beach, Calif
A girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant joins sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Working with the electric wiring at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Working with the electric wiring at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Working with the electric wiring at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches... Long Beach, Calif. 1942

This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches... Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Lieutenant 'Mike'Hunter, Army pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Lieutenant "Mike"Hunter, Army pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Lieutenant " Mike" Hunter, Army pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Women workers install fixtures and assemblies... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Women workers install fixtures and assemblies... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Women workers install fixtures and assemblies to a tail fuselage section of a B-17F bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Women are trained to do precise and... Douglas Aircraft Company plants, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Women are trained to do precise and... Douglas Aircraft Company plants, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Women are trained to do precise and vital engine installation detail in Douglas Aircraft Company plants, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Woman machinist, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Woman machinist, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Woman machinist, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: A fast, hard-hitting new A-20 (B-25)... Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, 1942

A fast, hard-hitting new A-20 (B-25)... Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, 1942
A fast, hard-hitting new A-20 [i.e. B-25] attack bomber is brought for a test hop to the flight line at the Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: An A-20 bomber being riveted by a woman... Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, Calif

An A-20 bomber being riveted by a woman... Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, Calif
An A-20 bomber being riveted by a woman worker at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Flexible performance of C-47 transport planes is due in part to their... Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Flexible performance of C-47 transport planes is due in part to their... Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Flexible performance of C-47 transport planes is due in part to their two 1, 200 horsepower radial engines and to their three-blade variable-pitch propellers, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Girl worker at lunch also absorbing Calif... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Girl worker at lunch also absorbing Calif... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: A noontime rest for a full-fledged... Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, 1942

A noontime rest for a full-fledged... Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, 1942
A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Two assembly line workers at the Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company... 1942

Two assembly line workers at the Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company... 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Two assembly line workers at the Long Beach, Calif. plant of Douglas Aircraft Company enjoy a well-earned lunch period, Long Beach, Calif. Nacelle parts of a heavy bomber form the background

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Woman at work on motor, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Woman at work on motor, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Woman at work on motor, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Men and women make efficient operating teams... Douglas Aircraft plant, Long Beach, Calif. 1942

Men and women make efficient operating teams... Douglas Aircraft plant, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
Men and women make efficient operating teams on riveting and other jobs at the Douglas Aircraft plant, Long Beach, Calif. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Women workers install fixtures and assem... Douglas Aircraft Company plant, Long Beach, Calif

Women workers install fixtures and assem... Douglas Aircraft Company plant, Long Beach, Calif
Women workers install fixtures and assemblies to a tail fuselage section of a B-17 bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant, Long Beach, Calif

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine lieutenant with the towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Marine lieutenant with the towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942
Marine lieutenant with the towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: A marine glider pilot in training, a lieutenant, at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

A marine glider pilot in training, a lieutenant, at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
A marine glider pilot in training, a lieutenant, at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine with the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Marine with the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine with the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine Corps gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Marine Corps gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine Corps gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towplane... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942

Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towplane... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towplane for the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane at page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane at page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane at page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Marine gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine lieutenant by the power plane which tows... at Page Field, Parris, Island, S.C. 1942

Marine lieutenant by the power plane which tows... at Page Field, Parris, Island, S.C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine lieutenant by the power plane which tows the training gliders at Page Field, Parris, Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Preparing for take-off at the glider pilot training program, Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Preparing for take-off at the glider pilot training program, Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942
Preparing for take-off at the glider pilot training program, Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine statue at Parris Island, S. C. Statue called 'Iron Mike'by recruits. 1942

Marine statue at Parris Island, S. C. Statue called "Iron Mike"by recruits. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine statue at Parris Island, S.C. Statue called " Iron Mike" by recruits

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane for the... page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane for the... page Field, Parris Island, S.C
Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane for the training gliders at page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imagePalmer Alfred Collection: Marine with the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Marine with the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine with the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C



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Palmer Alfred: Capturing the Spirit of American Industry in 1942 Alfred T Palmer, a renowned photographer, had an exceptional talent for capturing the essence of American industry during World War II. His lens focused on various aspects of manufacturing and production that played a crucial role in supporting the war effort. In one striking image, we see P-51 "Mustang" fighter planes being meticulously prepared at North American Aviation, Inc. In Inglewood, California. The precision and dedication showcased by these workers symbolize the unwavering commitment to excellence that defined this era. Moving on to Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. , Palmer's camera captures scenes from both Akron and Toledo plants. These photographs highlight the innovative use of fiberglass as a material with endless possibilities. From insulation products to aircraft components, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. 's contribution was indispensable. Palmer also turned his lens towards Douglas Aircraft Company's Long Beach plant where women took center stage. He beautifully captured girl inspectors conferring with workers and diligently inspecting aircraft parts. These images showcase how women were breaking barriers and proving their competence in traditionally male-dominated roles. Douglas Aircraft Company's thorough training programs empowered women to become engine mechanics and perform tasks previously reserved for men only. Palmer's photographs depict their careful hands working with utmost precision - a testament to their skill and determination. But it wasn't just within factories that Palmer found inspiration; he also documented other vital sectors like TVA's Douglas Dam in Tennessee. Here, he immortalized a crane operator whose expertise ensured smooth construction progress despite challenging conditions. Through his remarkable photography skills, Alfred T Palmer brought attention not only to the machinery but also to the people behind it all - hardworking individuals who dedicated themselves selflessly for their country during wartime. These captivating images serve as reminders of an era when America united under one common goal: victory through industrial might.