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Woman working on an airplane motor at North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Calif.
C. & N.W. R.R., Mrs. Dorothy Lucke, employed as a wiper at the roundhouse, Clinton, Iowa
Winston Churchill
[Britain expects every son of Israel to do his duty]

[Britain expects every son of Israel to do his duty]

Poster shows a soldier cutting the bonds from a Jewish man, who strains to join a group of soldiers running in the distance and says, "You have cut my bonds and set me free - now let me help you set others free... More

Alexei Stakhanov explaining his system to a fellow miner in the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)
FDR [Franklin Delano Roosevelt] AFTER RADIO BROADCAST FOR COMMUNITY CHEST
Negroes hanging around the plantation store. Mississippi Delta
Letter, Edward R. Murrow to Eric Sevareid offering Sevareid a job with Columbia Broadcasting System's (CBS) European office on the eve of World War II, 16 August 1939

Letter, Edward R. Murrow to Eric Sevareid offering Sevareid a job with...

Reproduction number: A76 (color slide) Over his long career with the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), first in radio and then television, Eric Sevareid (1912-1992) proved himself to be one of the most talent... More

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Virginia Young (right) whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of the state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with...

12002-18. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American [Aviation, Inc.]'s Inglewood, Calif., plant
[Children on row house steps, Washington, D.C.]
Tank driver, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies
Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas
Oyida Peaks riveting as part of her NYA training to become a mechanic in the Assembly and Repair Department at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
Assembling B-25 bombers at North American Aviation, Kansas City, Kan[sas]
Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Drilling a wing bulkhead for a transport plane at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas
Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a flight instructor
Light tanks, Fort Knox, Ky.
Manufacture of self-sealing gas tanks, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio
Mexican pecan workers waiting at union hall for assignment to work. San Antonio, Texas
Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Virginia Young (right) whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of the state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill
A candid view of one of the women workers touching up the U.S. Army Air Forces insignia on the side of the fuselage of a "Vengeance" dive bomber manufactured at Vultee's Nashville division, Tennessee
[Soldier looking at a statue of the Madonna and Child in a church, probably in Europe during World War II]

[Soldier looking at a statue of the Madonna and Child in a church, pro...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Toni Frissell collection (Library of Congress).

Atomic bomb blast

Atomic bomb blast

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). To identify this image it may help to search for images that have neighboring call numbers, are similar in appearance, and have titles. There was no ca... More

[Woman, probably a fashion model, lying on ferns on ground]

[Woman, probably a fashion model, lying on ferns on ground]

Title devised by Library staff. On negative sleeve: "Bookboard" [i.e. Book board]. Photograph may be available in LOT 12452. Forms part of: Toni Frissell collection (Library of Congress).

Winston Churchill - Print, Library of Congress collection

Winston Churchill - Print, Library of Congress collection

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title devised by Library staff or Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Weiner (J.) Ltd., p... More

[Benito Mussolini]
[Section of eight-foot high concrete wall encircling Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland]

[Section of eight-foot high concrete wall encircling Jewish ghetto in ...

Title devised by Library staff. Associated Press photograph. No. 16527. Caption: Behind this eight-foot concrete wall some 500,000 Jews will begin a new life in Warsaw's ghetto. By German decree, all Warsaw Jew... More

London is still "taking it"

London is still "taking it"

Photo shows St. Paul's Cathedral, London, amid smoke and flames of night air raid, Dec. 1940. Title from item. Photograph from International News Photo. No. 924119. Gift from the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Picking cotton is one of the most easily learned occupations for women in the U.S. Crop Corps. These two city girls, putting their vacation to good use, may well wear the cotton they are picking in the form of work slacks and shirts next year
C-54A Skymaster transport aircraft used by the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II

C-54A Skymaster transport aircraft used by the U.S. Army Air Forces du...

Title devised by Library staff. (Source: researcher) Original title from negative or caption card erroneously identified plane as an Gruman Avenger torpedo bomber. Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 ... More

Velva, North Dakota
Pre-WWII collection of Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information
war ration book number two. The inside pages of the war ration book number two
Pre-WWII collection of Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information
Meeting of UCAPAWA (United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America) in Bristow, Oklahoma
Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Archibald MacLeish, October 22, 1940

Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Archibald MacLeish, October 22, 1940

Eleanor Roosevelt's letter to Archibald MacLeish expressing her desire to help make the Library of Congress folk material available for recreational purposes for those in America's armed forces.

Victory Gardens--for family and country. A thriving Victory Garden--not on an island, but in a London bomb crater, close to Westminster Cathedral. Where the Nazi's sowed death, a Londoner and his wife have sown life-giving vegetables
Photograph of the Alderman Library, University of Virginia, 194[?]
Pre-WWII collection of Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information
Pre-WWII collection of Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information
Pre-WWII collection of Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information
Pre-WWII collection of Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information
Memorandum from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Archibald MacLeish, April 1, 1941

Memorandum from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Archibald MacLeish, April 1, ...

Franklin D. Roosevelt expresses his support of the Library of Congress' efforts to secure its collections during World War II.

This happens when you talk to others about ship sailings Let's make New Orleans a safe port of departure / / John McCrady.

This happens when you talk to others about ship sailings Let's make Ne...

Poster suggesting careless communication about ship departures may be harmful to the war effort, showing a face and a ship torpedoed by a submarine. Date stamped on recto: Jan 21 '43. Work Projects Administrati... More

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. USS West Virginia aflame.  Disregarding the dangerous possibilities of explosions, United States sailors man their boats at the side of the burning battleship, USS West Virginia, to better fight the flames started by Japanese torpedoes and bombs. Note the national colors flying against the smoke-blackened sky
African American man with broom during World War II

African American man with broom during World War II

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Unattributed. Transfer, Army Forces Middle Pacific, 1946

London (vicinity), England. Mark 5 "Covenanter" type heavy tanks on a freight train on the way from a factory to their unit in Britain's Northern command
Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Archibald MacLeish, January 14, 1941
Neighborhood fingerprint station Fingerprints are your identification and protection during wartime - have the entire family take theirs now! : War Identification Bureau - CDVO / / designed by Advertising Mobilization Committee.

Neighborhood fingerprint station Fingerprints are your identification ...

Poster stressing the importance of having fingerprints on file as a form of identification during the war years. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christ... More

America calling. Take your place in civilian defense / Herbert Matter.

America calling. Take your place in civilian defense / Herbert Matter.

Poster showing an eagle, wings spread, in profile.

Press Release No. 10, Office of the Secretary, Library of Congress, March 21, 1941

Press Release No. 10, Office of the Secretary, Library of Congress, Ma...

Press release announcing the preliminary steps taken to secure the collections of the Library of Congress during World War II.

Memorandum from Harry J. Krould to the Librarian of Congress, October 28, 1941

Memorandum from Harry J. Krould to the Librarian of Congress, October ...

Harry J. Krould writes to the Librarian that the "War Collection" has proven to be a great success.

Careless talk costs lives / Al Doria.

Careless talk costs lives / Al Doria.

Poster suggesting careless communication may be harmful to the war effort, showing lips with tape over them. Date stamped on recto: Jan 21 '43. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

California hit. Battered by aerial bombs and torpedoes, the U.S.S. California settles slowly into the mud and muck of Pearl Harbor. Clouds of black oily smoke pouring up from the California and her stricken sister ships conceal all but the hulk of the capsized U.S.S. Oklahoma at extreme right
Old residence converted into Negro church. Chicago, Illinois
Boy on float in Fourth of July parade. Vale, Oregon
Red Army soldiers in the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)
First U.S. Army Signal Corps photos of the bombing of Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941: remains of tent barracks after fire caused by attack of Japanese bombers. Wheeler Field

First U.S. Army Signal Corps photos of the bombing of Hawaii, Dec. 7, ...

Photo by USASC, SC-127034. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf. Now LOT 11710. World War, 1939-1945.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, 1874-1965, bust, facing left

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, 1874-1965, bust, facing left

J33335 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo copyrighted by J. Russell & Sons. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: PI; Shelf.

Palm and banyan trees before US military building during World War II

Palm and banyan trees before US military building during World War II

Transfer; Army Forces Middle Pacific; 1946; (DLC/PP-1946:0053). Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress).

Como un solo hombre / Arias Bernal.

Como un solo hombre / Arias Bernal.

Propaganda poster showing a stylized armed man with legs emerging from North America and South America. Title from item.

Harvesting time at a collective farm in the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). A sixty-year-old collective farmer and her granddaughter

Harvesting time at a collective farm in the USSR (Union of Soviet Soci...

Image source: Sovfoto New York, no. A-46547. Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More informa... More

Build for your Navy! Enlist! Carpenters, machinists, electricians etc. / / R. Muchley.

Build for your Navy! Enlist! Carpenters, machinists, electricians etc....

Poster encouraging skilled laborers to join the Seabees as part of the war effort. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Constantine P. Lihas, a twenty-one year old Greek-American soldier, formerly a material handler at the General Electric Company plant at Pittsburgh. Both parents were born in Greece; father came to the United States in 1906, mother in 1921. He was born in this country and has been in the army five months. Lihas in a decontamination outfit
Pearl Harbor bombing. USS Nevada. Beached at Hospital Point
Airborne Infantry officer using a "walkie-talkie," a radio field telephone, during maneuvers of the Third Army, commanded by Lieutenant General Walter Kreuger
Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain

Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain

Image source: United Nations Information Office, New York. Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944... More

Thanksgiving, 1942. Freedom to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world." For this we fight, said President Roosevelt in his address to the seventy-seventh Congress. Because the Fincham family, like other Americans, have been nourished on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, they are fighting for the things they pray for. Four of Mr. and Mrs. Wayman Fincham's six fighting sons, visiting their home in Silver Spring, Maryland, attend church services
Salvage. Scrap for steel mills. A cannon that saw duty in World War I stands in the yard of a Chicago steel mill, ready to be melted down and processed into a modern weapon for World War II

Salvage. Scrap for steel mills. A cannon that saw duty in World War I ...

Actual size of negative is D (approximately 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches). Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Divisi... More

Don't be a dope! Handle equipment right! The sheik thinks it terribly strange these American Rangers don't range - but what's out of kilter is sand in the filter. Joe Dope ought to clean for a change! / / Cpt. Will Eisner, Ordnance.

Don't be a dope! Handle equipment right! The sheik thinks it terribly ...

Poster shows a man in keffiyeh and robe riding on a camel in the desert as Joe Dope studies a vehicle repair handbook next to his broken-down armored vehicle. Title from item.

I'm tired of taking the rap for missing a German or Jap - that Dope dents the fins and the blinking bomb spins and swoops all over the map! / Warrant Off. Will Eisner, Ordnance.

I'm tired of taking the rap for missing a German or Jap - that Dope de...

Poster shows Joe Dope damaging a bomb by carelessly handling it making American soldiers weep. Title from item.

Production. Airplane manufacture, general. Partial view of North American Aviation's B-25 final assembly floor at Inglewood, California. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 ("Billy Mitchell") bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 ("Mustang") fighter plane, which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe
Building wreckage, possibly after World War II

Building wreckage, possibly after World War II

Title devised by Library staff. Photograph possibly collected by Sylvester McCauley, Rosa Parks' brother, while serving in the Army during World War II. Forms part of: Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Paper... More

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Feuling an N2S, primary land plane, at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sailor mechanics at the base service the ship as a cadet prepares for the take-off
Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance. Mrs. Virginia Young (right), whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the ssembly and repairs department of the naval airbBase at Corpus Christi, Texas. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Pearl Harbor widows have gone i...

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944... More

Gasoline rationing. The busiest spot on the Pennsylvania turnpike. Eastbound motorists stop at this service station for a very good reason: it's the last chance to fill up before entering a gas-rationed area

Gasoline rationing. The busiest spot on the Pennsylvania turnpike. Eas...

Actual size of negative is D (approximately 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches). Caption card lists some of the printing history of image. Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War... More

War production drive poster. Poster distributed by the Ordnance Department, U.S. Army, to labor management committees. The original, size 28 1/2 inches by 40 inches, may be obtained from war production drive headquarters, War Production Board (WPB), Washington, D.C.
Manzanar, Calif., April 1942. Mealtime at the Japanese war relocation center

Manzanar, Calif., April 1942. Mealtime at the Japanese war relocation ...

Photograph showing several generations of Japanese Americans at meal time. Caption continues: In housing, as well as at mealtime, family life is preserved. LC-USE618-D-5074. Forms part of: Farm Security Adminis... More

Let's go get 'em! U.S. Marines / Guinness, Captain USMC.

Let's go get 'em! U.S. Marines / Guinness, Captain USMC.

Poster showing Marines bearing rifles with bayonets and flags in a jungle. Reqn. - 469-1943, 7-11-42, 50M.

Press Release No. 51, Office of the Secretary, Library of Congress, February 12, 1942

Press Release No. 51, Office of the Secretary, Library of Congress, Fe...

Press Release announcing the availability of a special collection of material in the Library of Congress pertaining to air raid precautions and civilian defense.

Manpower. Negro shipyard workers. Skills which contributed to America's success in World War I are vital to our efforts in World War II. This Negro riveter is a veteran employee in a large Eastern shipyard. Another Negro broke the world record for riveting in World War I. Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation. Kearny, New Jersey
Sevastopol, USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). Underground arms factory in the cliffs
Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance. Mrs. Virginia Young (right), whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the ssembly and repairs department of the naval airbBase at Corpus Christi, Texas. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill
Battle-scarred typewriter. Veteran of World War II, this typewriter has been through a Japanese bombing at sea. Everything in the room in which it was located was completely demolished except the typewriter, including the table on which it was standing. Note damaged carriage--the result of a bomb

Battle-scarred typewriter. Veteran of World War II, this typewriter ha...

Actual size of negative is D (approximately 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches). Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Divisi... More

American all. Russian-American Leatherneck. A captain in the Russian Imperial Army during World War I, Corporal Alexis A. Stoopenkoff of New York City is now "Proud to bear the title of a U.S. Marine." During the last war he served in many campaigns and was decorated several times. After coming to the United States he became active in the National Guard. When World War II broke out, he joined the Marines as a buck private and rose to corporal
Pearl Harbor bombing. Destruction. Smoke pours from the USS Shaw, bombed dry dock (right center) while in the foreground lies the capsized USS Oglala, a minelayer. To the left is the 10,000 ton cruiser, USS Helena, struck by an aerial torpedo on the starboard side. The concussion caused the Oglala, formerly berthed alongside the Helena to flood and she turned over after being brought to dock. At the extreme left, may be seen some of the superstructure of the USS Pennsylvania and at the right appears to be the USS Maryland burning
Press Release No. 88, "The Library of Congress Appoints Fellow in War Bibliography," Library of Congress, November 1, 1942
Production. Launching of the SS Booker T. Washington. The SS Booker T. Washington, first Liberty Ship named for a Negro is shown at the California Shipbuilding Corporation's yards. Marian Anderson, celebrated contralto, christened the ship which was named for the noted Negro educator
Production. Willow Run bomber plant. Drill press lineup, 1943 style. Both men and women man the machines which are turning out parts for America's bomber planes at Willow Run, Michigan. Ford plant, Willow Run
Memorandum from Edward N. Waters to the Librarian of Congress, January 6, 1942

Memorandum from Edward N. Waters to the Librarian of Congress, January...

Memorandum about the evacuation of Library of Congress collections to Lexington, Virginia, during World War II.

Manpower. Negro shipyard workers. Skills which contributed to America's success in World War I are vital to our efforts in World War II. This Negro riveter is a veteran employee in a large Eastern shipyard. Another Negro broke the world record for riveting in World War I. Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation. Kearny, New Jersey
Three members of the Free French foreign legion who distinguished themselves in the battle at Bir Hacheim in the Western desert. They are from Senegal, Equatorial Africa, and Madagascar, respectively
Fuori i tedeschi!

Fuori i tedeschi!

Poster shows a caricatured Adolf Hitler with blood on his hands hanging from a bayonet. No. USP 1 - 2. Title from item.

Los Angeles, California. The evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West coast areas under United States Army war emergency order. Japanese wave good-bye to friends and relatives who are leaving for Owens Valley. All Japanese will be evacuated eventually
Battle-scarred typewriter. Veteran of World War II, this typewriter has been through a Japanese bombing at sea. Everything in the room in which it was located was completely demolished except the typewriter, including the table on which it was standing. Note damaged carriage--the result of a bomb
Buildings, possibly in Europe, during World War II

Buildings, possibly in Europe, during World War II

Photograph shows buildings and a street from an elevated vantage point. Title devised by Library staff. Photograph possibly collected by Sylvester McCauley, Rosa Parks' brother, while serving in the Army during... More

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