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End of War and return to 'Normal'

It took a long time for qualified and fit men to come back from the Western Front and claim their "rightful place" (as it was considered then) in the previously male dominated manufacturing industry.

Ada Smith was one of those still working there as a wing stringer during 1919. As the men regained health and returned to work the women were laid off, this must have been time for a mass photographing sessions. The picture of the special line of wing stringers was taken at this time. The women are wearing mop-hats and British and Colonial Aeroplane Uniform, with triangular 'on service' badges, which meant that they had been directed by the government into aircraft production. They) had travelled from all over Bristol to work in Filton, coming by tram, train, bus, bicycle and on foot.

Eventually Ada married and, like most women during those days, she stayed at home to look after her son, Donald. It would be many years before it again became generally acceptable for women to have the choice of working.

This is page 4 of The Developing Role Of Women In Aviation.
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Portrait of Ada Smith circa 1918

Portrait of Ada Smith circa 1918
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The men return as sheet metal production begins

The men return as sheet metal production begins
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