Working Girls

What year would you guess this photo was taken?

From the hairstyles, pompadours adorned with large flowers, I’d say sometime during the 1940’s. It appears each girl tried to out-“do” the other, with the tallest pomp and flower.

The booth setting with white tablecloth and napkins echo a more formal dining, that was a special treat for the working class.


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I see six young women who have a little of their own money to spend. A night out on the town.

Reminiscent of the Glenn Miller era, I can imagine they might be headed to the Hollywood Palladium ballroom, where their soft jersey dresses would swing and sway to the Big Band music. Without male chaperones the night is theirs. Anything could happen, they might run into a young, handsome soldier, or sailor to dance with, or console as he heads off to war.

I wonder what kind of work these beauties clocked into daily?

Perhaps it was a department store, a grocery, or…an aircraft plant.

Well to clear things up, this is a picture I found among my Mother’s keepsakes. She is the beauty on the end-left. The year is 1944-45.

These girls, including my Mother, worked at the Lockheed Aircraft plant, A-2 in Burbank, California.

Working was a big deal for these women since their men were off fighting a war, and someone needed to support the family.

My mother always brought her paycheck home to her parents since she was single. I always thought that seemed unfair, but she quickly reassured me her parents were generous with her. It was the way things were done.

It was hard for these young women to give up the freedom they had gotten used to, when the war ended. They were told to go back to their kitchens. Returning service men, needed their jobs back. But, things would never be the same for the “American Girl.” She’d  gotten a taste of independence and her own money, and it felt good!

And, by the way, mom’s name was Rosie!









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