Do these photos take you back?
A nurse in the first aid room at the Ross Heater plant bandaging a slight finger injury in April of 1943.
Here’s a scooper taking a break from unloading a grain boat from Duluth at a grain elevator on the Erie Canal. Scoopers were hired at each port to aid the crew in loading and unloading. This was taken in May of 1943.
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A meeting of the rubber worker’s union on a Sunday afternoon in May of 1943.
This sign pointed to the U.S. Employment Service, which recruited women to work in wartime industries. The photo was taken in May 1943.
A 45-year-old woman receives an exam after being interviewed for a job at Bell Aircraft Plant. She worked in a factory during the last war.
Here “hookers” give an all clear to a crane operator at Republic Steel in May, 1943.
All of the “hookers” at Republic Steel were woman.
Before entering the Bell Aircraft plant at Niagara Falls, all workers were required to show security guards the inside of the lunch boxes.
Altar boys at Easter Sunday Mass at Corpus Christi Church in April, 1943.
Here’s a procession from that same Easter Mass.
Employees at the Bell Aircraft plant are selected to participate in an advancement class to learn new skills.
Swing dancing at the Main Utica Ballroom. Dance were held there from Midnight to 4 a.m.
More swing dancing in April, 1943.
Purse check at the swing dance.
The dance breaks up at the Main-Utica Ballroom.
Playing Chinese checkers at Mrs. Hannegan’s boardinghouse for war workers in Niagara Falls.
The audience at a late night movie in May 1943.
At the wedding of Cedelia Wrazen and Bronislaus Nowak in May, 1943. The photographer said, “They apologized for the smallness of the wedding, blamed it on rationing of food, talked of how their parents’ weddings had lasted for four days of feasting.”
Here is the orchestra and some guests at their wedding.
An Easter dinner prepared by a Polish family in the Buffalo area in 1943.