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Women in the trades

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Electricians; Plumbers; Mechanics; Carpenters; Masons; Machinists; Iron and Steel workers; Boilermakers; Powerhouse employees; Maintenance/repair; Welders; Water and waste treatment operators; Painters; Medical assistants and technicians; Chefs and bakers; Leather workers; Shoe repair; Jewelers; Secretaries and transcriptionists.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Brooklyn Rapid Transit conductorettes group snapshot

Accession: 2024-204

The International Film Service (IFS) was a motion picture production company and subsidiary of multinational media conglomerate Hearst Communications. IFS also included commercial and journalistic still photographers. This image depicts a group of women conductors of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company standing in a line at the pay window; a man at the window is barely visable. In December 1917, Brooklyn Rapid Transit, among other rail lines, began to hire and train women to be conductors during World War I. The photograph was published in Washington D.C. newspaper the Sunday Star (formerly the Evening Star) on February 3, 1918.

Dates: 1918 February 3

E.N. McConnell Restaurant photographs

Accession: 1969-026

Edith N. McConnell (1880-1968) was a confectioner and caterer in Wilmington, Delaware from the 1920s through the 1950s. This small collection consists of photographs of wedding cakes, table settings, and restaurant interiors in Wilmington and Newark, Delaware, mostly dating from around 1945.

Dates: circa 1925-1946

Pennsylvania Railroad women workers' oral histories

Accession: 1998-234

The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) was chartered in 1846 to completing an all-rail road across the state. Between 1855 and 1874, the PRR underwent rapid expansion and emerged as one of the two largest railroad systems in the area east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio. This collection consists of two interviews conducted in 1998 in West Chester, Pennsylvania with five women who worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Dates: 1998