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Workman smiles and writes 'ADOLF' in chalk on the body of a bomb at the Cherrier plant

Workman smiles and writes "ADOLF" in chalk on the body of a bomb at the Cherrier plant
e000760518 Source

Group of female workers enjoying a break from their work of packing crates of 25-pounder field gun cases at a munitions plant (prob. Robert Mitchell Co.)

Group of female workers enjoying a break from their work of packing crates of 25-pounder field gun cases at a munitions plant (prob. Robert Mitchell Co.)
e000760283 Source

 

Workman take a break in an unfinished airplane at an aviation plant

Workman take a break in an unfinished airplane at an aviation plant
e000760297 Source

Workmen enjoy a break playing cards at the John Inglis Co. Bren gun plant

Workmen enjoy a break playing cards at the John Inglis Co. Bren gun plant
e000760315 Source

 

Apprentices hand-grind a surface plate for the toolmakers at the Sorel Steel plant

Apprentices hand-grind a surface plate for the toolmakers at the Sorel Steel plant
e000760226 Source

 Footwear worn by a woman munitions worker as she sits at a table in the John Inglis Co. Bren gun plant

Footwear worn by a woman munitions worker as she sits at a table in the John Inglis Co. Bren gun plant
e000760418 Source

 

Not everything photographed involved struggle, serious thought or a questioning of one's role and civic duty; some photographs were plain, simple, fun or just straight-out bizarre.