Illinois January 09, 2016
Most People Have Never Seen These 13 Photos Taken During WWII In Illinois
It’s so crazy to think that the horrors of World War II happened only 70-80 years ago. While the war was going on, Americans were living their lives and helping to contribute in whatever way that they could. Here are some pictures documenting life in Illinois during the WWII era.
1.Housewives in war produce blood transfusion bottles. They were employed by Baxter Laboratories, Glenview, Illinois, these women workers are shown banding bottles used by the armed forces for blood transfusions, plasma, and serum. Evelyn Kohl (left) and Olive Western (right) each have two children; Gladys Eldert (right foreground) has a husband and brother in the Army
2. This former actress became an aircraft worker to help the war effort.
3. This is Frank Williams. He worked on the car repair tracks at an Illinois Central Railroad yard. Mr. Williams came to Chicago from Pocahontas, Mississippi.
4. A member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps waits for a train in Union Station.
5. A boy plays piano while awaiting his brother to return back from the war.
6. Captain C.M. Wilson works on a chemistry experiment.
7. Freight handlers move a very heavy piece of freight at the United States Army consolidating station in 1943.
8. This was a booth to aid travelling army and navy personnel at the Union Station.
9. Military and Naval police help a recruit on his way at the Union Station.
10. A soldier kisses his girlfriend goodbye at the Union Station in 1943.
11. A soldier and girl wait for a train in the waiting room of the Union Station.
12. A soldier checks in on his train reservation at the Union Station.
13. A solider embraces his love as prepares to say goodbye at the Union Station in 1943.
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