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"Capturing the Spirit of America: The Photography of Palmer Alfred T" Step back in time to the year 1942

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

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

Background imagePalmer Alfred T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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 T 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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"Capturing the Spirit of America: The Photography of Palmer Alfred T" Step back in time to the year 1942, when America was at the height of its industrial might and women were breaking barriers in the workforce. Through his lens, photographer Palmer Alfred T documented iconic moments that showcased American ingenuity and resilience. In one frame, we witness the meticulous preparation of P-51 "Mustang" fighter planes at North American Aviation Inc. In Inglewood, California. These powerful machines symbolize both strength and determination as they are readied for battle. Moving on to Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation in Akron and Toledo, Ohio, we see workers laboring diligently amidst rolls of fiberglass material. Their dedication is evident as they contribute to a burgeoning industry that would revolutionize construction and manufacturing processes. But it wasn't just men who played a crucial role during this era; women also stepped up to support their country's war effort. At Douglas Aircraft Company's plant in Long Beach, California, female inspectors confer with workers while meticulously examining aircraft components. With careful training from Douglas, these women became an integral part of ensuring quality control. The photographs also capture women taking on traditionally male-dominated roles such as engine mechanics. Their hands work skillfully under the guidance of thorough Douglas training programs – a testament to their determination and ability to adapt. Beyond factories and aircraft plants lies another significant aspect of American progress: infrastructure development. A crane operator at TVA's Douglas Dam in Tennessee showcases how individuals contributed their expertise towards building essential structures that powered communities across the nation. Through Palmer Alfred T's lens, we glimpse into a pivotal moment in history where Americans united against adversity with unwavering resolve. From military aviation advancements to groundbreaking materials like fiberglass and even societal shifts regarding gender roles – each photograph tells a story about our nation's collective efforts during World War II. These images serve as reminders that behind every great achievement lies countless individuals who dedicated their skills, time, and passion to shape a better future.