Richmond, California: The Permanente Metals Corporation (printed by Carlisle, SF), 1942. Second Edition. Stiff boards. Duodecimo size, 45 pp., with small photo of two sailors loosely laid in. Near fine. Item #18112121
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 (some of the inscriptions are addressed to "Sidonia"), and is filled with signatures of those who knew and worked with her, with touching inscriptions of luck and well-wishing - one of our favourites is near the end: "Here is to a very sweet person. I do mean you 'Blondie'. Wish you were still here to keep us happy."
___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, on the front pastedown is stamped "Apr 9 '45 pm" with a picture of a clock face beneath, and beneath that the words "First Aid", the first text page (with the seal of the United States Maritime Commission being the only item printed) with the rubber stamped words "URGENT", "8 Hours", "7.5 Hours", "Re-treated" "New Case", and "Area______ Shift_____", section headings in blue or orange throughout, cartoons black, blue, or orange throughout, numerous signatures and inscriptions throughout; duodecimo size (7" by 4.5"), pagination: [i-iii] 1-31 [32-42]. Loosely laid in is a vintage black-and-white small photograph (in appearance from an old photo booth) of two young sailors with broad grins on their faces.
___CONDITION: Volume near fine, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, clean covers, and the interior pages clean and bright; a very shallow wrinkle to the front cover, and a bit of wear to the head and tail of the spine. The vintage photograph is near fine, a bit of light soil on the verso, overall extremely light wear.
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