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World War II Photos: Stunning Pictures Show Americans In The 1940s (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05/ 1/2012 11:35 am Updated: 05/ 2/2012 12:07 pm

Women wielding hand drills assemble dive-bombers and an infantryman crouching next to tires brandishes a Garand rifle; these scenes in the photos below were meticulously documented by photographers working for the US government during World War II. During that time, the Library of Congress collected more than 1,600 photos taken between 1939 and 1944.

The photographs paint a fascinating portrait of the construction workers, secretaries, truck drivers, families, pilots, soldiers and women laborers who contributed to the war effort.

Check out photos of Americans on the job in the slideshow below.

August 1942
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Mrs. Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval air base, supervises Chas. Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan, Corpus Christi, Texas. After eight weeks of training he will go into civil service. Should he be inducted or enlist in the armed service, he will be valuable to mechanized units of the Army or Navy. (Howard R. Hollem, Library of Congress)
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Filed by Eline Gordts  |