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“Where Did You Get That Hat?”

October 18, 2014


This is one of our favorite color photographs of the WAVES, showing women trying on the new overseas hat at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The hat would be a uniform addition (the “bucket” style hat would also remain an option during World War II), bu the overseas hat would eventually become the sole uniform standard for Navy women in the post-war years.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.


Federal Building, San Francisco

October 17, 2014


The Navy took a series of aerial photographs of Navy places during the war years. This shot is of the Federal Office Building in San Francisco, California, where Margaret Anderson Thorngate worked as a WAVE Yeoman.

It comes from the National Archives.


Daily Exercise

October 16, 2014


From the Navy caption of this February, 1943 photograph by Lt. Wayne Miller:

Daily gym instruction keeps WAVES ship shape at Boot Camp, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

February 1943 would be the last month the Cedar Falls facility at Iowa State Teacher’s College would be used as a boot camp. The Hunter College training center in the Bronx, New York, opened that same month.

The photo comes from the National Archives.

Supply Duty

October 15, 2014


WAVE Mary Lee Price is on duty in the supply department at Naval Air Station Seattle. Price enlisted on the first anniversary of the WAVES’ founding, July 31, 1943.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

Women in Tech from ENIAC to MOM

October 15, 2014
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Fascinating piece on the crucial role women played in developing the first computers as programmers.

Originally posted on Nursing Clio:

On September 24, as I enjoyed my second coffee of the morning and caught up on news, a photo caught my eye. In the image, women in colorful saris congratulated each other amidst massive computer monitors. The exuberance of the photo arrested me — as did the obvious techy setting, nerd that I am — but, sadly, what really drew my attention was the fact that these women seemed … out of place. And I wasn’t the only one drawn in by this image. The photo, snapped by AFP photographer Manjunath Kiran, quickly made the rounds on news outlets and social media.

The photo (reproduced in larger form below, attached to one of thousands of tweets) captured the moment on the 24th when the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully put a satellite in orbit around Mars. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft, called Mangalyaan in Hindi, represents a handful of firsts:…

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The Locker

October 14, 2014


Things are very neat and tidy in this view of a WAVES locker shown in the barracks at Camp Endicott, Davisville, Rhode Island, 1944.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

Cellestial Navigation

October 13, 2014


WAVES undergoing a 10-week course at Navy Link Celestial Navigation, Trainer Operators and Maintenance Schools at NAS, Seattle, WA. WAVES study the earth’s relation to the celestial sphere in order to train pilots in navigation.

Here, Lt. (jg) M.L. Lansing, USN, Officer-in-charge of the Link Celestial Navigation Trainer School, briefs the WAVE students.

The 1944 photograph comes from the National Archives.


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