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[Factory worker cutting and grinding glass, Hoffman MF & Co., New York]

Object Name
Date1942-44 (printed 2012)
Label Text

Millions of American men served in the army during World War II, resulting in the unprecedented participation of American women in a wide range of trades and occupations previously closed to them, including jobs in manufacturing, heavy industry, engineering, and transportation that were often critical to the war effort. Images of American women shown working in fields traditionally associated with men were widely circulated by government agencies and advertising companies. These images, including the iconic depiction of “Rosie the Riveter,” exulted the glamorous, virtuous, and patriotic work of wartime women. Vishniac’s documentation of these workers, never before printed or published, were included in his series “The Face of America at War.”

Inkjet print
Image: 10 x 9 3/16 in. (25.4 x 23.4 cm)
place taken New York, New York, United States
Credit Line
International Center of Photography
Accession Number2012.80.26
© Mara Vishniac Kohn