The lead photo in today’s feature was taken on October 7, 1941, exactly two months before the US entered World War II after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. At the time the image was taken, the Boeing Company of Seattle, Washington, was already gearing up to produce airplanes needed for the upcoming War effort.
Boeing would eventually have seventy-thousand workers on the payroll and built many B-17 and B-29 bombers during the War years. With a significant amount of the men in the greater Seattle area either working at the Boeing plant, in other local defense industries or one of the armed services, women entered the workforce in large numbers, and many were employed in service jobs.
This set of publicity photos by the Richards Studio show nine women who were hired by the Maxwell Petroleum Company to work at it’s Maxwell Super Service filling station located at 910 Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma during the hostilities.
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