I found these amazing colour photographs on the Denver Post’s Blog. What I love about them is not just that they are old colour photographs (when the world was black and white) and not just that they are of ordinary working class Americans but also how many of them depict working class women in the science, engineering and technology industries.
Much of our imagined women’s history is confused by the idea that before feminism, every married woman was a domestic slave or eager housewife. This may be true of the upper and middle classes, but the majority of women worked, even after they were married, to help pay the bills. And as these photos show, they weren’t all seamstresses and waitresses. These gals had cool (hard) jobs.
All of these photos are brilliant artistically, and it isn’t just the colour that give them a smack of reality. I really recommend taking a couple of minutes to look through them. The kids with the bare feet, the grime, the human encounters – they are a real treat, and an eye opener.
The entire collection is here enjoy!