Background: These are seven from a series of twenty postcards published in 1943. They were intended to be sent to those serving in the military. In the past, the Nazis had argued that the woman's place was in the home, so it was change in strategy to show women working in traditionally male jobs.
James Lees has an article in the November 2002 issue of the Military Trader on these cards. He notes that three artists did the series, and that the postcards balanced showing women in formerly male jobs with ones showing women as nurses, children's helpers, etc.
I thank Tom Capparelli for permission to use these images.
|In this card, women are at work in an aircraft plant.|
|Women at work at telephone switchboards.|
|The woman here is helping to send children to safety in the countryside. As the war went on, German parents in cities were strongly encouraged to send their children to areas less threatened by Allied bombing.|
These soldiers seem to appreciate the conductor. It was a rare German train in 1943 that was so empty.
|These cheerful women are bringing in the harvest.|
|A woman laboratory assistant.|
|A woman technical assistant.|
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