British Welding Woman Airplane Worker in Full Color (1914)

World War I brought with it an urgent need for able bodied industrial and munitions workers. According to this wonderful article about “Women at Work during World War I”:

“The war, after the mass conscription of men to the front line, allowed women to enter the public sphere in unprecedented capacities, both in terms of work and leisure. As is documented by this vast collection of remarkable photographs, held by London’s Imperial War Museum, women’s lives were entirely transformed.”

Here are the two photos side by side:

Colorized by Okkama Colorizations at The Psychogenealogist (2019). Original photo by unknown photographer (1914).

Original Photo (1914): UBC Library Digitization Centre

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