This original black and white photograph, “British women aeroplane workers near Birmingham welding frame tugs for planes” comes courtesy of the University of British Columbia Library Digitization Centre.
It has been beautifully colorized with rich, true to life colors by Okkama Colorizations, now providing services exclusively at The Psychogenealogist.
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:
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