Macdonald, Miscellaneous Street Items|Woman Standing in front of Richmond Cafe
ca. 1942
Gift of Paul S. Taylor

(for negative): Miscellaneous Street Items, Contains 1 Good "Conversation"
Dorothea Lange Retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art

Filed in contemporary Lange work print folder, with the following inscription: #27 cont. The War Years Shipyards - Housing (1942-1945) see also oversized prints Handwritten on negative envelope: "Macdonald Miscellaneous Street Items Contains 1 good "Conversation" Refer to #6 Richmond" Note written in Catalog Sheet Volume 5: "-one of a series of photos Lange made to show the changes WWII brought to the town of Richmond, CA." In Proof Sheet Volume 36 is an article from the San Francisco Sunday Chronicle on the publication of the novel "Bright Web in the Darkness" by Alexander Saxton. Mr. Saxton, who authored the article, in his book talks of the profound impact the yards and the people who came to work in them had on the communities in which they existed during the war. Also in the Proof Sheet book are Dorothea Lange's file cards on negatives 42056-42100. They read as follows: 43-44-45 Works for overseas B(?) OWI negatives are the rejects ....(?) for my own reminder. Missions - ....(?) Series 1943 Shipyard Worker 1943 Italian-American OWI 1943 that doorway at the 10th St Market wartime consumers during rationing. Late in day ...(?) war worker Defense...(?) July 1941 & ....(?) items O.W.I. Italian-Americans - June 1943 in Shipyards & SF all rejects - just kept for possible future use but main(?) for reminders. Some of the Italian-Americans can also be found in the shipyard and shipyard worker (wartime) sections. See caption sheets in steel file, O.W.I. Feb 1957 [All O.W.I. negatives made for O.W.I. were lost in transit from New York office to Washington office at end of the war. No trace found, nor of any duplicate prints.] Change of shifts, entering & leaving yard, boarding ferries, street cars, busses - Boiler-makers union. These are duplicate and unsuccessful negatives or not pertinent to the story made at the time of assignment on Italian and Spanish-Americans for the OWI (Office of War Information) Spring and late Summer of 1943 [no use to ever look for OWI negs. They were lost by OWI] Typed note on back of one card reads: Yard I was started in December 1940 at the time the plans called for only the building of 50 British ships. There are now 5 huge units. Four shipyards and 1 pre-fabrication plant. 91,000 persons are employed. Operation is continuous, 24 hours a day, every day in the year. Of these workers 27% are women. Women are working in all classifications of jobs. Every nationality is represented, except Japanese.* There are Hindus, Arabs, Hawaiians, Eskimos, American Indians, Chinese, South Americans, Filipinos, Swedes, Danes, etc., etc. They come from all over the U.S., and from all walks of life. Boys of 15 who work under a work program of the Public School System, and men up to 80 years of age are represented. There are about 60 crafts and 30 training programs in these crafts. *who are interred in inland camps under war relocation authority.

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