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Switch, 1943

Unknown Artist

The woman in this photograph is probably only working because the man who usually performed this job was serving in the armed forces during World War II. She’s operating the board that controls the flow of trains in the Pennsylvania Railroad yard, keeping the freight yard running smoothly. The image speaks volumes about its historical moment: this worker, looking confident and in control, stepped up to serve her country in wartime.

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