"Ignoramus19723" wrote in message news: firstname.lastname@example.org...
Congratulations for finding it. The only real difference I see is that on hers the indexer is bolted on instead of integral. The fittings I took to be clapper box hinges are apparently setscrews that rotationally position the tool holder.
Of course it's a photo op(portunity), there aren't any chips and she isn't wearing safety glasses. Her hands are on two handles to support herself leaning forward. Why would you expect 'cinema verite' in a busy factory?
The P&W slotter may have been the only machine available that allowed the bulky tripod-mounted view camera to catch the operator's face while they pretend to work. I've done enough industrial photography to know how difficult that can be.
I suspect there were many bracketing shots to obtain a proper exposure of her skin without excessive glare off the bare metal. There is contrast and texture fairly deep into the shadows without much overexposure of the highlights.
Well, not to argue, but to add some clarification: If she's setting up a keyway-cutting job, you won't see any chips. And if she's adjusting X-Y position to cut from or to a scribed line, her hands would be on two handwheels. That still doesn't explain what's going on, even if it's correct. There are other things that don't look right.
As for the photos, having taken photos of machine operations for 40 years, including for over 500 articles and dozens of magazine covers, I'm just used to making sure it's real. Of course my readers, who were real industry people, would know the difference and would raise hell if I faked it.
I assume the photo was shot as part of a general war-promotion story, and photo composition probably was more important that photo veracity.
What struck me as out-of-place were her shoes. Seem fancy for that kind of work. No sparks in the grinder image. Look at the coworkers shoes in same. The toe on their left shoe looks well scuffed up...
Rosie the Riveter was part of a government program to encourage women to work in industry to replace the men who were in the army. The most commonly known version of Rosie is probably the 29 May 1943 Saturday Evening Post front page, painted by Norman Rockwell showing a woman with a rivet gun sitting in front of the U.S. Flag background.
That wouldn't necessarily be a problem. I've had long fingernails my whole life. I use them as tools. They make great scrapers for removing gunk and are essential for the fine manipulation of small parts. I don't break them all that often. Usually when they break it has nothing to do with abusing them while working. However roofing, especially laying shingles will abrade them down to nothing. They were sorely missed after my re-roofing job...