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Thelma Leonard inspects Gene Peterson’s time card at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing Gene Peterson showing his time card to Thelma Leonard at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. Leonard had taken a “No Work, No Woo” pledge, a campaign by Albina workers to reduce absenteeism. Participants pledged not to date workers who hadn’t put in a full week’s time. A cropped version of this photograph and image Nos. 375A0406 and 375A0742 were publishd on Page 1, Section 3 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, July 4, 1943. This photograph had the following caption: “SWORN TO TURN A DEAF EAR to masculine blandishments, unless accompanied by a full time card, Thelma Leonard, shipfitter’s helper and vice president of No Work No Woo, looks appraisingly at the time card of Gene Peterson of the plate shop.” The photographs accompanied a story headlined “No Work, No Woo / Albina Girls Won’t Date Absentees.” The number 261 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding” is written on the negative sleeve.

Female workers signing ‘No Work, No Woo’ pledge to reduce absenteeism at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing three female employees at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in an office, standing on opposite sides of a counter. The women at right, one of whom is signing a book, are joining a chapter of “No Work, No Woo” (N. W. N. W), a group whose members pledged not to date workers who hadn’t put in a full week’s time. A cropped version of this photograph and image Nos. 375A0741 and 375A0742 were published on Page 1, Section 3, of the Oregon Journal on July 4, 1943. This photograph had the following caption: “GIRLS RUSH TO JOIN THE UNION of workers and wooers. Not satisfied with an absentee record of 3.2 per cent for the yard, Albina girls plan to make the attendance record 100 per cent. Rosalie Holder, office worker and secretary of N. W. N. W., signs up Betty Langston and Louise Brundage, both duplicator’s helpers, who pledge themselves to date no absentees.” The photographs accompanied a story headlined “No Work, No Woo / Albina Girls Won’t Date Absentees.” Image note: The number 263 is written on the negative.

Francis Fieger holding Albina Engine & Machine Works’ pledge against absenteeism

Photograph showing Francis Fieger, an employee at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland, sitting at a table and holding open a large notebook. On the top page is the following text: “Pledge to My Country / And to / Franklin D. Roosevelt / President of the United States, as its leader, / We, the undersigned workers at / Albina Engine and Machine Works & Shipyard / builders of Subchasers, Portland, Oregon, aware that every man-hour counts in America’s War for Freedom, / do hereby pledge that we will refrain from taking even one hour off work unnecessarily, until the war is won. / May God give you and our country strength to achieve a glorious victory.” On the bottom page are two columns of handwritten signatures. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 15 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, March 28, 1943. It had the following caption: “NATIONAL PLEDGE, which President Roosevelt and Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins say will be used as a national pledge to help curb absenteeism in defense plants. Francis Fieger, Albina worker, signs the document which originated here.” The photograph accompanied a story headlined “Pledge to Become National / Albina Plan Wins Honors.” According to the story, the pledge was signed by every worker in the shipyard and by management. Image note: The number 227 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding” is written on the negative sleeve.

Vincent, Ralph

Woman taking notes during address to workers at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified woman sitting in a chair with her back to a crowd of workers during an address at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is facing front, looking downward, and writing in a notebook. Her right foot is bandaged. The number 193 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 375A0685, 375A0686, 375A0687, 375A0688, and 375A0692.

Employee using office equipment at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing a smiling woman in an office at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is sitting at a desk and facing to the left. A piece of office equipment and a stack of narrow documents are on the desk in front of her. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

Crowd of workers listening to address, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing a crowd of workers gathered for an address at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The workers in the front rows are seated; the others are standing. The number 205 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0682 and 375A0683.

Workers carrying woman with injured foot at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified male workers carrying a third employee, a woman, with a bandaged foot at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The workers were probably taking her to or from her seat for an address at which she was taking notes. The number 198 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The note “Albina shipbuilding” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 375A0686, 375A0687, 375A0688, 375A0689, and 375A0692.

Melvia Lillian Cole kissing unidentified man

Photograph showing Melva Lillian Cole standing on a train car and leaning down to kiss and unidentified man. Cole, of Fargo, North Dakota, visited Portland from December 12, 1942 to January 8, 1943. Cole came to Portland to christen a ship, PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet, at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, was killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in 1942. Image note: The number 33 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / Hell Hornet / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0446, 375A0447, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

Melva Lillian Cole with group of unidentified women

Photograph showing Melva Lillian Cole (standing, at center, in dark-colored dress and hat) posing with a group of unidentified women. Cole, of Fargo, North Dakota, visited Portland from December 12, 1942 to January 8, 1943. She came to Portland to christen a ship, PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet, at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, was killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in 1942. This photograph may have been taken on December 30, 1942; Melva Cole is wearing the same clothing as in image Nos. 375A0446 and 375A0447, taken just after her arrival. A story about her arrival, published on the front page of the Oregon Journal’s December 30 final edition, reported that Cole had been a breakfast guest of the Portland Federation of Women’s Clubs that day. A story on Page 5, Section 2 of the same edition reported that Cole would also attend the federation’s silver tea on New Year’s Day. Image note: The number 36 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / Hell Hornet / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Light leak on negative. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

Melva Lillian Cole and unidentified woman

Photograph showing Melva Lillian Cole (right) and an unidentified woman standing at the bottom of a staircase and facing each other. Cole, of Fargo, North Dakota, visited Portland from December 12, 1942 to January 8, 1943. She came to Portland to christen a ship, PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet, at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, was killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in 1942. This photograph may have been taken on December 30, 1942; Melva Cole is wearing the same clothing as in image Nos. 375A0446 and 375A0447, taken just after her arrival. A story about her arrival, published on the front page of the Oregon Journal’s December 30 final edition, reported that Cole had been a breakfast guest of the Portland Federation of Women’s Clubs that day. A story on Page 5, Section 2 of the same edition reported that Cole would also attend the federation’s silver tea on New Year’s Day. Image note: The number 38 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / Hell Hornet / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

Melva Lillian Cole with serviceman and two boxers

Photograph showing four people standing in the ring at a boxing match. At left and right are two unidentified boxers. Second from right is an unidentified man in a military uniform. Second from left is Melva Lillian Cole of Fargo, North Dakota, who visited Portland from December 12, 1942 to January 8, 1943. Cole was visiting Portland to christen a ship, PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet, at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, was killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in 1942. Image note: The number 32 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / Hell Hornet / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0446, 375A0447, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

Melva Lillian Cole with unidentified woman pouring tea or coffee

Photograph showing Melva Lillian Cole (left) and an unidentified woman at a dining table. The woman at left is sitting at the table, looking at Cole, and holding a pot of tea or coffee in one hand and a cup and plate in the other. Cole is standing next to her. Cole, of Fargo, North Dakota, visited Portland from December 12, 1942 to January 8, 1943. She came to Portland to christen a ship, PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet, at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, was killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in 1942. This photograph may have been taken on December 30, 1942; Melva Cole is wearing the same clothing as in image Nos. 375A0446 and 375A0447, taken just after her arrival. A story about her arrival, published on the front page of the Oregon Journal’s December 30 final edition, reported that Cole had been a breakfast guest of the Portland Federation of Women’s Clubs that day. A story on Page 5, Section 2 of the same edition reported that Cole would also attend the federation’s silver tea on New Year’s Day. Image note: The number 37 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / Hell Hornet / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

War workers with scrap metal

Women working with scrap metal, at an unidentified industrial facility in the Portland area (see note at end). A pile of metal lays on the floor, while a woman wearing overalls uses a large metal cutter to sever a piece of steel cable (negative 4 of 9). Original sleeve title: War industry workers - blind workers; Doernbecher furniture; Kaiser, Swan Island; Willamette Iron and Steel Corp.

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Workers at Doernbecher Furniture (?)

Women in a workshop, likely at Doernbecher Furniture in Portland. Unfinished pieces of wood furniture are on top of tables, next to stacks of cut wooden pieces (negative 6 of 9). Original sleeve title: War industry workers - blind workers; Doernbecher furniture; Kaiser, Swan Island; Willamette Iron and Steel Corp.

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Albina Engine & Machine Works women’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, five unidentified women, are in an office, posing in a row. The two women at each end are sitting on a desk, and the other three are standing between them. They are wearing matching short-sleeved button-up shirts. The text “V2” is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Workers walking at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified workers, both women, walking in arm in arm at the Albina Engine & Machine works shipyard in Portland. They are facing front and smiling. The number 168 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

Employees in office at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified employees, a woman and a man, sitting in an office at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The woman is sitting at a typewriter, facing left, and smiling. The man is holding a pen in one hand and a cigarette in the other. The number 175 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

Workers using equipment at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified workers, a man and a woman, using a piece of equipment at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are holding a rectangular object, possibly a small sheet of metal. The man is looking downward, and the woman is looking toward the front and smiling. The number 189 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

Cooks? posing at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing a group of unidentified people, possibly cooks, posing in two rows outdoors at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The three people in the front row are crouching, and the people in the back are standing behind them. The man at center is wearing a chef’s hat, and several of the women are wearing aprons. The number 166 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

Cook holding knife and egg, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified woman in a kitchen at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is facing front, smiling, and holding an egg in one hand and a large knife in the other. A plate of eggs and bacon is on the table in front of her. She is wearing a chef’s hat, glasses, a dress, and an apron. The number 62 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.” Also see image No. 375A0390.

Employee on bicycle, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Full-length portrait showing an unidentified woman sitting on a bicycle at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is facing to the right and smiling. The number 224 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.” Also see image No. 375A0737.

Twins with casserole?, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified women, twins, posing with what appears to be a casserole at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The women are standing at a table, facing front, and smiling. On the table in front of them is a large pan of food. They are holding a plate, and each woman is holding a serving spoon full of food over the plate. They are wearing matching dresses. The number 250 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.” See related image No. 375A0734.

Two workers boxing at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified workers, a man and a woman, boxing at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are facing each other, and both are wearing boxing gloves. The number 238 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.” Also see image Nos. 375A0735, 375A0749, and 375A0755.

Employees at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Three-quarters portrait of six unidentified workers, three women and three men, at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. Diagrams are hanging on the wall behind them. The man at right is wearing an Albina identification button with the number 323 on it, and the man second from right is wearing an ID button with the number 307 on it. The number 242 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding” is written on the negative sleeve.

Composite photograph of two workers boxing at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph of a photograph. The picture is a composite created from a print of image No. 375A0745. That image shows two unidentified workers, a man and a woman, boxing at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. In the composite shown here, the background has been removed and the man’s face has been replaced with the head of a different man, Albina Engine treasurer H. W. Erren, from another photograph. Erren’s face may have been cut from a reversed print of image No. 375A0748. Image note: The number 251 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding” is written on the negative sleeve.

Employee at bank of lockers, Albina Engine & Machine Works Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified employee standing at a bank of lockers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard, Portland. She is facing right, looking toward the front, and smiling. She is holding a set of keys and appears to be either locking or unlocking a padlock. The number 190 is written on the negative and is faintly visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

Employees in office at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing six unidentified employees, five men and a woman, posing in an office at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are smiling and looking toward the front. The number 176 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

Employees in office at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing nine unidentified employees, seven men and two women, in an office at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are standing in a row behind a long counter, and a set of diagrams is spread on the counter in front of them. The number 177 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

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