The railroads were never terribly welcoming to women workers beyond the confines of an office.
The car clerks were responsible for verifying the location of railway cars in the railway yards. As a loaded car travelled from origin to destination it would be handed off between trains at these yards. Similarly, if empty cars were called for by a customer, the railway had to find and dispatch them.
You can see an old steam switcher locomotive nosed up to the cars. The electric lantern would be handy in daytime to check the interior of empty cars and there are always numerous ‘dark spots’ around railway equipment and yards. Notice the lack of safety boots!
Today AEI RF car tags, trackside scanners and computers do this work.
from: Railroad Magazine; November 1942; Freeman H Hubbard, Ed; Red Star Publications.
A week or so ago when I posted a basic ‘pitch, roll, yaw’ illustration from this book, a reblogger remarked that a ‘learn to fly’ book would probably not get far beyond those basic aspects of aerodynamics …
However, during the war … among other things … they included an interesting chapter on military flying as it was practised then. Rather than selling more ground school classes and flying lessons … back then the emphasis was probably on graduating aircrew and getting them to the battle zones.
from: Your Wings; Assen Jordanoff; 1936-1942; Funk and Wagnalls.