The Real Deal Workwear

The pictures below were discovered while perusing one of my all time favorite websites, Shorpy. The images beautifully show classic workwear from the 1940’s. The first photo of the gentleman working the rail yard is specially inspiring. Look at the detailing, the hardware, the blue and black wool plaid shirt, the flipped up cap, all of it is remarkable. Also notable is the image of the women factory workers on their lunch break (thermoses and wax paper!) in their coveralls and welding goggles. Click each image for a close-up view.

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Comments on “The Real Deal Workwear

    Heavy Tweed Jacketon May 29, 2008 @ 5:53 PM:

    Another detail: The gentleman working in the railway yard also has a military clip fountain pen, or pencil in his pocket. One does not see many of those today, as they were made to fit under shirt pockets with flaps. The fountain pen had not been manufactured yet.

    Andyon May 29, 2008 @ 9:18 PM:

    Another good post, including one of my favorites.

    Heavy Tweed Jacketon May 29, 2008 @ 11:24 PM:

    Oops! The ball-point pen hadn’t been manufactured yet.

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