They also learned that wearing their factory slacks on the street caused men to treat them in a way for which their "dignified schoolteacher-hood" hadn't prepared them. At times charming, hilarious, and incredibly perceptive, Slacks and Calluses brings into focus an overlooked part of the war effort, one that forever changed the way the women were viewed in America.
|Publisher:||Smithsonian Institution Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.53(w) x 7.51(h) x 0.45(d)|
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There they were the big bombers! But they weren't so big as we had thought they would be. We had been told the statistics: over 320 miles an hour, 34,330 pounds when empty, 110 feet in wing span, 66 feet in length, 18 feet in height; and I explained to C.M. that 34,300 pounds was about what 172 football players would weigh and that 66 feet was the equivalent of a whole football team laid end to end. These facts had impressed her, as things laid end to end always do; but even then she had said that they seemed a Little Small for a big bomber.
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This book was written by two teachers while they were spending their summer vacation working at an aircraft factory in 1943. Because this book was not written decades later, when time smoothed over the rough edges of detail, there are all kinds of fascinating facts on what it was like to live and work on the war front in World War II. What a treasure! Anyone who loves history, or just a good story, should read this book!