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Women Working In The Machine Shop During The Great War

Women Working In The Machine Shop During The Great War

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G1247. These women are working at lathes, they are making component parts. The lathes are driven by belts powered by overhead lines. The shaved-off metal (known as swarf) is lying in the buckets at the bottom of the lathes. This would be collected up and taken to be smelted for re-use. Men and women would have been segregated. There are some men in the picture all wearing smart shirts and ties and hats who would have been foremen. The women are wearing mop caps and overalls and appear to be wearing the same type of lace-up shoes. As you can see the room is very large with quite a number of women, and with all the machinery in there, the working conditions would have been hot dusty and noisy.
PublisherBritish & Colonial Aeroplane Company Ltd
ContributorMary O'Neil
Creatorcorporatename - British & Colonial Aeroplane Company Ltd
Datecreation - Circa 1916-1919
TypePhotographs - Workplace Photograph
Formatdimension.H - 182mm
dimension.W - 234mm
Identifierpersonal collection
SourceMary O'Neil - Donated
Coverageperiod - Circa 1916-1919
RightsMary O'Neil