Looking almost surreal today, this carefully posed couple could be cutting a wedding cake rather than working on a bomber engine, even down to the "stars in night sky" background. Photo by Alfred Palmer, OWI/LoC, via The Atlantic.
When men were men and women manned the factories: Alfred Palmer and a few colleagues made Kodachrome color PR/propaganda pictures for the Office of War Information after the U.S. engagement in WWII. In that era, color pictures were of limited usefulness in PR (only books could reproduce them, with few exceptions). Most OWI photographs were in B&W.
Their intention is clear: this shot, for example, features the vintage caption, "Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it. Photographed in May, 1942."
The Atlantic In Focus has a selection of OWI photographs in color in a picture show.
(Thanks to M McAuliff)
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