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Sofa King
03-21-2012, 09:29 AM
I figured some of you WWII buffs may like these pictures. Pretty damn cool looking. This is the article, not written by me of course.




WWII Airplane Factories - Kodachrome 4x5 Pictures

Back in the mid '70s when I was working at Hellers Camera in Bethesda Md. I had a reference book with a color photo of the battleship Pennsylvania in an advanced base sectional dock, somewhere in the Pacific in about 1944. The quality of the photo made it clear that it was shot with a large format camera, which puzzled me since I did not think Kodachrome (the only modern color film of the time in the US) was available in sheet films. A guy I worked with was an old Kodak hand (and WWII vet, a radioman in Europe) and told me that they did have sheet Kodachrome, and that there was only one machine to process the film, located in Rochester. The exposed film was sent there for processing.
And note the almost complete lack of basic safety equipment. I saw only one pair of safety glasses, and only a few of the workers were wearing gloves. Working without gloves around sheet metal is an injury waiting to happen.

Notice most of the woman had lip stick and nail polish on. WWII could not have been won without the woman of America stepping into men's shoes to build the equipment needed to defeat the axis powers.

Fascinating! Some of these images are 70 years old and look as fresh as ever. If someone had told any of the subjects in thesephotos that we'd have such a clear look at them in the year 2012.


http://pavel-kosenko.livejournal.com/303194.html?thread=22669914

KC Tattoo
03-21-2012, 09:30 AM
Wow cool stuff Sofa King. Pics were pretty cool.

Dartgod
03-21-2012, 09:32 AM
Those are pretty cool, but is that written in Russian at the beginning?

Frazod
03-21-2012, 09:33 AM
Nice find. I love old photos like that. :thumb:

mikeyis4dcats.
03-21-2012, 09:37 AM
amazing colors

loochy
03-21-2012, 09:44 AM
Man, the color high quality photos make this era seem real and I can identify more with what my parents and grandparents remember from the past. I've seen so many grainy black and white photos that subconciously I've started to imagine the entire past as black and white.

Rain Man
03-21-2012, 09:46 AM
Awesome. Great old photos, and amazing quality.

Sofa King
03-21-2012, 09:51 AM
The quality just blew me away. Very cool.

J Diddy
03-21-2012, 09:52 AM
Those were pretty cool

loochy
03-21-2012, 09:55 AM
These 3 chicks are kind of hot in high quality color:

http://www.pavelkosenko.com/lj/048/02.jpg

http://www.pavelkosenko.com/lj/048/26.jpg

http://www.pavelkosenko.com/lj/048/38.jpg

Pitt Gorilla
03-21-2012, 10:00 AM
The WWII era makes a strong case that we absolutely can become a manufacturing country again. People argue that our workforce no longer has the skill to manufacture. Even if that was true, WWII is evidence that we are a people that can learn the requisite skills quickly. Of course, the wage issue is another thing altogether.

loochy
03-21-2012, 10:05 AM
The WWII era makes a strong case that we absolutely can become a manufacturing country again. People argue that our workforce no longer has the skill to manufacture. Even if that was true, WWII is evidence that we are a people that can learn the requisite skills quickly. Of course, the wage issue is another thing altogether.

Manufacturing isn't especially difficult. The skills to be an assembler may be learned rather quickly.

mikeyis4dcats.
03-21-2012, 10:08 AM
The WWII era makes a strong case that we absolutely can become a manufacturing country again. People argue that our workforce no longer has the skill to manufacture. Even if that was true, WWII is evidence that we are a people that can learn the requisite skills quickly. Of course, the wage issue is another thing altogether.

Manufacturing is no longer people running a riveter. It's high-tech robots and production machinery popping out 700 widgets an hour.

gblowfish
03-21-2012, 10:12 AM
We need more lipstick in the factory!

Gonzo
03-21-2012, 10:32 AM
That generation of people is the greatest this country has ever seen or will ever see. Millions of people, banding together for one cause. The women and children working their asses off to make sure their Dad's, Husbands and Brother's had what they needed to come home.
We lose almost a thousand a day...

Here's a little snippet.

In my line of work, I meet famous people on occasion. I've met Bart Starr, Mike Ditka, last weekend I escorted Ron White and shot the shit with him for a while.
Nice people and all but I could give a shit less..

A few months back, I went to a VFW meeting with my father, (a Vietnam vet) and I met a little old man that was a ball turret gunner on the B-17's during the great war. I was star-struck. Instantly I knew this man had bigger balls then anyone I've ever met in my life. I shook his hand, listened to every word he said and thanked him for everything he did for us. Truly a great man. He served his first tour and got all of his missions in, then he went back and did it again a year later. The odds of him standing in front of me at that time was something like 1 - 5,000.

Sofa King
03-21-2012, 12:41 PM
That generation of people is the greatest this country has ever seen or will ever see. Millions of people, banding together for one cause. The women and children working their asses off to make sure their Dad's, Husbands and Brother's had what they needed to come home.
We lose almost a thousand a day...

Here's a little snippet.

In my line of work, I meet famous people on occasion. I've met Bart Starr, Mike Ditka, last weekend I escorted Ron White and shot the shit with him for a while.
Nice people and all but I could give a shit less..

A few months back, I went to a VFW meeting with my father, (a Vietnam vet) and I met a little old man that was a ball turret gunner on the B-17's during the great war. I was star-struck. Instantly I knew this man had bigger balls then anyone I've ever met in my life. I shook his hand, listened to every word he said and thanked him for everything he did for us. Truly a great man. He served his first tour and got all of his missions in, then he went back and did it again a year later. The odds of him standing in front of me at that time was something like 1 - 5,000.

I had no idea Bart Starr, Mike Ditka and Ron White were all gay.

http://rareblackbirds.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/the-more-you-know.jpg

CanadianChief
03-21-2012, 01:01 PM
What's with all the fugly women back in the day?

Sofa King
03-21-2012, 01:07 PM
What's with all the fugly women back in the day?

Photoshop wasn't invented yet.

loochy
03-21-2012, 01:54 PM
What's with all the fugly women back in the day?

newsflash dude: 90% of women are hideous

talastan
03-21-2012, 01:59 PM
Post some WWII pinup girls instead. :thumb:

LiveSteam
03-21-2012, 03:12 PM
Awesome pics. & with out a doubt they were the greatest generation ever.

LiveSteam
03-21-2012, 03:13 PM
Post some WWII pinup girls instead. :thumb:

http://www.pavelkosenko.com/lj/048/38.jpg

Dayze
03-21-2012, 03:14 PM
is that when the military and industrial complex started?








*ducks for cover*
:Poke::D

La literatura
03-21-2012, 03:18 PM
What's with all the fugly women back in the day?

Makeup and hygiene are much better today. There's more plastic surgery for minor corrections.

And hairstyles and hair products have evolved significantly.

Today's average teen girl can get, on a daily basis. the quality of makeup and product that an actress in the 1940s could get during their films.

alpha_omega
03-21-2012, 03:19 PM
Those are spec-f'ing-tacular. Thanks for sharing!

Holladay
03-21-2012, 04:16 PM
This is the only one that showed any kind of fun bags:) Looks a lil droopy.

http://www.pavelkosenko.com/lj/048/25.jpg

Rooster
03-21-2012, 09:03 PM
Very cool. :clap:

BIG K
03-21-2012, 10:20 PM
Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

listopencil
03-21-2012, 10:25 PM
http://www.pavelkosenko.com/lj/048/11.jpg

listopencil
03-21-2012, 10:25 PM
http://www.pavelkosenko.com/lj/048/12.jpg

listopencil
03-21-2012, 10:26 PM
http://www.pavelkosenko.com/lj/048/30.jpg

listopencil
03-21-2012, 10:27 PM
If you gave those three women a modern "spa day" they'd knock your socks off.

TinyEvel
03-21-2012, 11:42 PM
WOw, the ladies sure got dolled up to go to the factory. Wabba wabba!

HoneyBadger
03-22-2012, 12:57 AM
What's with all the fugly women back in the day?

I'm pretty sure the better looking women got office jobs and were not working in this industry.

Otter
03-22-2012, 01:13 AM
Here's a pretty large collection of WWII photos I ran across recently. Some really good ones:

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/pages/ww2/

Otter
03-22-2012, 01:14 AM
WOw, the ladies sure got dolled up to go to the factory. Wabba wabba!

That's what I was thinking...

http://s4.hubimg.com/u/3786155_f520.jpg

Sofa King
03-22-2012, 01:29 AM
this really seems like something amnorix would like

redhed
03-22-2012, 07:21 AM
Very cool pics. rep

Straight, No Chaser
03-22-2012, 07:48 AM
The quality of the photo made it clear that it was shot with a large format camera, which puzzled me since I did not think Kodachrome (the only modern color film of the time in the US) was available in sheet films....

http://pavel-kosenko.livejournal.com/303194.html?thread=22669914

Momma don't take my Kodachrome away


Shot a roll last year; had it processed at Dewayne's in Kansas. Alas, no more Kodachrome.

Rooster
03-22-2012, 08:22 AM
Momma don't take my Kodachrome away


Shot a roll last year; had it processed at Dewayne's in Kansas. Alas, no more Kodachrome.

Parsons Kansas to be exact. :D

CanadianChief
03-22-2012, 10:03 AM
That's what I was thinking...

http://s4.hubimg.com/u/3786155_f520.jpg

That's what I'm talking about!!! Me likey!!

buddha
03-22-2012, 10:44 AM
Those are very cool photos, but it's clear that most of them were staged and carefully lit. There were multiple lighting sources set up very carefully and those girls were holding still! The reason the gals were all dolled up is that they did it for the photos...they didn't work in full cosmetics every day.

vailpass
03-22-2012, 10:51 AM
Outstanding.

loochy
03-22-2012, 10:54 AM
The reason the gals were all dolled up is that they did it for the photos...they didn't work in full cosmetics every day.

Yes they did. They live to serve US.

crispystl420
03-22-2012, 07:42 PM
If you gave those three women a modern "spa day" they'd knock your socks off.

No they wouldn't. You can only fix "ugly" so much and those chicks are ugly!

crispystl420
03-22-2012, 07:43 PM
Here's a pretty large collection of WWII photos I ran across recently. Some really good ones:

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/pages/ww2/

Awesome pics. I just spent most of the night looking at all of them, and it was time well spent.

mlyonsd
03-22-2012, 07:57 PM
Very awesome.