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Helen Gusmerotti Repairing Freight Cars at Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, 1943 (editor's tite)

Helen Gusmerotti
Helen Gusmerotti, 29, employed at the Pennsylvania Railroad as a car repairmen's helper, earning seventy-two cents per hour during World War II. Miss Gusmerotti is burning holes in the hopper car sides. She was formerly a waitress. Later Helen Gusmerotti Faletto celebrated her 92nd birthday in 2006 and is featured on p. 15 of "It's Work," a publication of the Center.
Alternate Title FSA-OWI Railroad Photography
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Pitcairn, Pennsylvania; Temporal, May 1943
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1943
Resource Type
Extent 2-1/4 in. x 2-1/4 in., nitrate
Depicted Railroad
Location Pitcairn, Pennsylvania
Depicted Occupation
Comments The Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information began as a New Deal program of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency as a part of the Resettlement Administration, which was established to combat poverty. It evolved into the modern Farmers Home Administration that helps farmers acquire property. The FSA engaged photographers to document rural America, resulting in iconic images by such notable photographers as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Gordon Parks. After the U.S. declared war on Japan and also joined its European allies in their strike against Germany in 1941, the government created the Office of War Information, whose photographers documented America's mobilization from 1942 through 1943. (The war ended in 1945.) They concentrated on topics like industry and women and minorities in the work force. FSA and OWI photography efforts were led by Roy Emerson Stryker, and the resulting 108,000 images are now at the Library of Congress. Many document railroad-related subjects, especially World War II home-front activities.
Collection Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection
Image ID LC-USW3- 030032-E
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