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Slacks and calluses : our summer in a bomber factory

Author: Constance Reid
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1943 two spirited young teachers decided to do their part for the war effort by spending their summer vacation working the swing shift on a B-24 production line at a San Diego bomber plant. Entering a male-dominated realm of welding torches and bomb bays, they learned to use tools that they had never seen before, live with aluminum shavings in their hair, and get along with supervisors and coworkers from all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Anecdotes
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Reid, Constance.
Slacks and calluses.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1999
(DLC) 99031365
(OCoLC)41411970
Named Person: Constance Reid; Clara Marie Allen; Clara Marie Allen; Constance Reid
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Constance Reid
ISBN: 9781588343710 1588343715 1560983876 9781560983873
OCLC Number: 45732772
Notes: Originally published: Slacks and callouses. 1st ed. New York : Toronto : Longmans, Green & Co., 1944.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 181 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: Was That a Liberator? / Sandra M. Gilbert --
Slacks and Calluses --
Epilogue (1999): Constance Bowman Reid.
Other Titles: Slacks and callouses
Responsibility: Constance Bowman ; illustrated by Clara Marie Allen ; introduction by Sandra M. Gilbert.
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In 1943 two spirited young teachers decided to do their part for the war effort by spending their summer vacation working the swing shift on a B-24 production line at a San Diego bomber plant. Entering a male-dominated realm of welding torches and bomb bays, they learned to use tools that they had never seen before, live with aluminum shavings in their hair, and get along with supervisors and coworkers from all walks of life. They also learned that wearing their factory slacks on the street caused men to treat them in a way for which their "dignified schoolteacher-hood" hadn't prepared them. At times charming, hilarious, and incredibly perceptive, Slacks and Calluses brings into focus an overlooked part of the war effort, one that forever changed the way the women were viewed in America. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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