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"'General view of dope room in aircraft factory', 1915-1918."


3 7 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 29cm


"A photograph taken by an unknown photographer during 1915-1918 of a large team of women working in a British aircraft factory. The aeroplane frame is covered with fabric and painted with dope, a glue which made the aircraft airtight. Women who worked in this room were sometimes known as 'dopers'. The dope gave off strong fumes, but none of the women are wearing breathing protection. During World War One, many British women took up what was seen as 'men's work' to support the war effort. When the war ended, many women were reluctant to lose the independence work gave them. This photograph has been selected from an album entitled, 'Women's Work in the War 1915-1918'."

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