Richmond, California: The Permanente Metals Corporation (printed by Carlisle, SF), 1942. Second Edition. Stiff boards. Duodecimo size, 43 pp. Very good. Item #18112120
With the demand for men to serve in the United States military during World War II, women for the first time worked in factories and shipyards in large quantities, in jobs that had previously been held by men. The United States government issued a plethora of propaganda to encourage women to move into these jobs, and "Rosie the Riveter" is the most iconic of these, often associated with feminism in America and women's economic interests.
This volume contains information and guidelines for working in a Richmond shipyard, replete with illustrations and cartoons; the manual belonged to a woman working in the shipyard during World War II, and is filled with signatures, predominately women's, of those who knew and worked with her, with touching inscriptions of luck and well-wishing.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth over thin boards, image of two flags and a ship in red, white, and blue and gold lettering on the front board, all edges stained blue, section headings in blue or orange throughout, cartoons black, blue, or orange throughout; duodecimo size (7" by 4.5"), pagination: [i] 1-31 [32-42].
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges; boards are clean overall with a few stray marks, light overall edge wear, soiling to the top corners of the interior pages starting around page 100, with a few pages of Notes at the back stuck together from having been damped (this was a shipyard!), numerous signatures and inscriptions on the front endpapers, and names and addresses written in the rear Notes section of the book.
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