This Motivational Film From the '40s Features Some Real Bomb Girls Working in a GM Plant
Posted 03.20.13 by reelz
"Turning out cartridge cases for shells that are bursting in the faces of the enemies of freedom"
It's just one week until the premiere of Bomb Girls season two, and in anticipation of the return of the WWII drama, we thought we'd examine what life was like the like in the 1940s.
This time around we have a short film that comes courtesy of the Prelinger Archives. It was produced by GM, and it appears to be a motivational flick intended to build workers' morale in their Dayton, Ohio plant. This short video (or perhaps long commercial?) features footage from GM plants, including some real, historical bomb girls. We're not totally sure why the entirety of the narration is delivered at a shout, but it's still fun to get a glimpse of what a work day was like seventy years ago.
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Fans of Bomb Girls will probably find that the footage of the ladies filling cartridge cases looks awfully familiar. It seems that the production designers of the hit drama really got their details right.
Video courtesy of the Prelinger Archives.