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The Dictaphone

November 21, 2014

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WAVE Elane Hoganson, a yeoman 2nd class, types a letter from a dictaphone record. The dictaphone used a wax cylinder to record voices – kind of an early precursor to tape recorders or MP3 recording devices.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

BuAer Exhibit

November 20, 2014

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A section of the BuAer exhibit, showing training literature and some of the sills used by Aerology mates in forecasting the weather. It’s at the Sixth War Loan Drive Exhibit in Chicago, held in November 1944.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

The Demonstration

November 19, 2014

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At the Navy Exhibit for the Sixth War Loan Drive, which opening on November 17, 1944 (70 years ago), WAVE ensign Edna Laing demonstrates aerology (weather forecasting) skills.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

The Exhibit

November 18, 2014
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The Navy sets up for the Sixth War Loan Drive exhibition in Chicago. The exhibit would open 70 years ago this month, November 17, 1944.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

Sixth War Loan Drive

November 17, 2014

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During the Sixth War Loan Drive in Chicago,  Lt. Martha E. G. Perrill and WAVE Liane Rose demonstrate aerology (meteorology) skills for the public. The drive began 70 years ago this today, November 17, 1944.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

70 Years Ago Today

November 16, 2014

IMG_3115Lt. Rosamond D. Sells, USNR, swears the first African American WAVES into the Navy, November 16, 1943. Miss Frances Willis and Miss Harriet I. Pickens being sworn in as apprentice seaman. They would head to Smith College in Northampton for officer training.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.

Harriet Pickens

November 15, 2014

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Lt. Rosamond D. Sells, USNR, swears one of the first African American WAVES into the Navy, Miss Harriet I. Pickens on November 16, 1944. She and Frances Willis, would head to officer training at Smith College.

The photo comes from the National Archives.

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