These women were all training in various London polytechnics to work in munitions factories during the early 1940s. I’m not sure these women would have ended up as the famous ‘canary girls’ whose skin and hair were turned yellow by the sulfur they were handling on a daily basis, but they would have gone on to work in munitions factories.
I love that each woman is described with the job they did previously and what their husbands are doing for the war effort, it really adds some real-life interest to the photos. Their previous employment ranges from cabaret dancer to tobacconist!
A trainee in the fitting shop of the Ministry of Labour training centre at Chelsea Polytechnic punches a hole into a bar of metal.
TM Thorne is an author who lived in London for many years before giving in to property prices and the demands of raising a family, and now lives messily in the English countryside with her motorsport-mad husband and son and three demanding cats.
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