The World War II Photo of the Week
for 2 August 1999
Young ladies at the Pioneer Parachute Factory in Manchester, CT inspect the seams of a parachute for "skipped stitches." Each chute was stretched over a "light table," which was designed to illuminate the seams. Up to six workers meticulously checked the stitching before the chute was folded and shipped to the military. Such photos, distributed by the Woman's Bureau of the Department of Labor during the war, were designed to promote the important role of the female workforce in America's factories. From the Webmaster's collection.