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Workers at Albina Engine & Machine Works donating cigarettes for United States troops

Photograph showing unidentified workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in line to donate boxes of cigarettes for United States troops serving in World War II. The number 92 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Packing cigarettes for armed forces/ 10/24/42” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was taken in October 1942 but the exact date is unverified. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Workers at Albina Engine & Machine Works donating cigarettes for United States troops

Night photograph showing a group of workers, two women and four men, during a cigarette drive at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. Two of the men are handing boxes of Camel cigarettes to the women, who are standing near a collection barrel labeled “SAILORS.” The cigarettes were being collected for United States troops serving in World War II. Image note: The number 88 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Packing cigarettes for armed forces / 10/24/42” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was taken in October 1942 but the exact date is unconfirmed.

Unidentified cook slicing meat at Albina Engine & Machine Works

Photograph showing an unidentified man standing at a table and slicing meat in a kitchen at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. He is facing front and is wearing a chef’s hat, a collared shirt, and an apron. In front of him on the table is a tray of sliced meat. The number 124 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 / 10/30/42.”

Cook making pancakes and bacon at Albina Engine & Machine Works

Photograph showing an unidentified woman cooking pancakes and bacon in a kitchen at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is standing at a stove and is holding a can of pancake batter. She is wearing a chef’s hat, a dress, and an apron. The number 132 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 / 10/30/42.” Also see image Nos. 375A0667 and 375A0736.

Albina Engine & Machine Works employees? performing at Playhouse Theatre

Photograph showing a woman on a stage, standing at a microphone. The number 128 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / 10/30/42 / Playhouse Theatre” is written on the negative sleeve. The woman is unidentified but may be Pat Mulligan, a singer and a welder at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. See related image Nos. 375A0391, 375A0396, 375A0397 and 375A0399.

Albina Engine & Machine Works employees? performing at Playhouse Theatre

Photograph showing a woman and a man standing on a stage at a microphone. The woman is looking to the left and laughing, and she and the man are holding a twenty-dollar bill. The number 129 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / 10/30/42 / Playhouse Theatre” is written on the negative sleeve. The people in this photograph are unidentified, but one or both may be employees of the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. See related image Nos. 375A0391, 375A0396, 375A0397 and 375A0399.

Shrinking equipment in use on galvanized metal plate at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing a piece of shrinking equipment, which appears to simultaneously heat a surface and spray it with water, in use on a galvanized metal plate at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The number 117 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Shrinking process / 11/24/42.”

Galvanized metal plate at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing a galvanized metal plate with marks from shrinking equipment at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The number 119 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 / Shrinking process / 11/24/42.”

Worker using shrinking equipment on galvanized metal plate at Albina Engine & Metal Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified worker using shrinking equipment on a galvanized metal plate at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The number 118 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 / Shrinking process / 11/24/42.”

Cook with large bowl of food at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified woman standing at a table at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. She is facing front, smiling, and holding a spoon or serving utensil over a large bowl of food. She is wearing a chef’s hat, dress, and apron. The number 79 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Welding / 10/20/42” is written on the negative sleeve.

Workers painting specifications on boards during graveyard shift at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland crouching on the floor and painting specifications on thin planks. The number 146 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 / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.”

Workers on graveyard shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Full-length portrait of a large group of workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. Most of the workers are sitting or standing on a large wooden frame or scaffold and are facing front. The number 159 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 / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.”

Workers, possibly security employees, on graveyard shift at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Three-quarters portrait of three unidentified men, possibly security employees, standing next to a fence at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The man at left is holding a ring of keys. The man at center is wearing a star-shaped badge and has one hand on the fence gate. The man at right is holding a padlock and appears to be wearing a holstered gun. The number 162 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 / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.”

Worker with diagrams, graveyard shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Three-quarters portrait of an unidentified man leaning on a table at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. He is facing to the right. Ship blueprints are spread on the table and hanging on the wall in front of him. The number 157 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 / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.”

Workers drying utensils during graveyard shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing three unidentified employees, all women, working in a restaurant or cafeteria at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are sitting in a row at a table, looking toward the front, and drying spoons, forks, and knives. The number 179 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 / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.”

Workers on graveyard shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Full-length portrait, taken outdoors and at night, of 20 unidentified workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are posing in three rows with a slanting pile of materials, some leaning against the pile, others sitting on top. The third person from right in the top row is holding a cat. The number 158 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 / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.” Image note: Photograph is out of focus.

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 and unidentified woman sitting on bench and holding photographs

Three-quarters portrait of two women sitting on a bench and facing front. The woman at left is unidentified; the woman at right is Melva Lillian Cole of Fargo, North Dakota. Both women are holding photographs. The top photograph in Cole’s hand appears to be a print of image No. 375A0448 or a very similar photograph. This picture was probably taken on January 8, 1943, when Cole christened a submarine chaser known as the Hell Hornet during a launching ceremony at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The Oregon Journal published a story about the launching and a related photograph, image No. 375A0441, on Page 10 of its final edition on January 9, 1943. The story, headlined “Wife of Hero Launches Subchaser,” reported that Cole was the widow of a U. S. Navy serviceman, Wilson Burnett Cole, who had been killed in an attack by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. Image note: The number 34 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 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.

Melva Lillian Cole and group at ship-launching ceremony, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing a group of people standing in a row in front of a ship during a launching ceremony at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland on January 8, 1943. At left is Albina Engine president George Rodgers; second from right is U. S. Navy Commander Leland D. Whitford, supervisor of naval shipbuilding in the Portland area; and fourth from right is Melva Lillian Cole, who christened the ship, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet. The other people in the photograph are unidentified. The Oregon Journal published a story about the launching and a related photograph, image No. 375A0441, on Page 10 of its final edition on January 9, 1943. The story, headlined “Wife of Hero Launches Subchaser,” reported that Cole was the widow of a U. S. Navy serviceman, Wilson Burnett Cole, who had been killed in an attack by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. Image note: The number 29 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0446, 375A0447, 375A0448, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

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 posing around a desk in an office. They are wearing matching button-up short-sleeved shirts. The text “V3” 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 / Bowling team.”

Albina Engine & Machine Works men’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, five unidentified men, are posing in two rows. The three men in front are sitting on a bench, and the two men in back are standing behind them. The team members are wearing matching collared shirts, and each shirt has a name embroidered on the front. The shirts of the men in front read, from left, “Shaw,” “Frank,” and “Forrest.” The shirts of the men in back read “Frank” and “Fred.” The text “V1” 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 / Bowling team.”

Swing-shift workers performing at Playhouse Theatre, Portland

Photograph showing four unidentified people, three men and a woman, standing in a row on a stage. The second man from left is standing at a microphone and appears to be speaking. The number 19 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Swing shift / Playhouse Theatre / 1/16/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was probably taken at a vaudeville show performed by workers from Albina Engine & Machine Works and Commercial Iron Works in Portland. A short preview of the show was published on Page 4, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Friday, January 15, 1943: “SHIPYARD SHOW–Even the national War Labor board has set its seal of approval on the Albina-Commercial swing shift show slated for 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Playhouse. Besides a sneak preview and ‘This is Blitz,’ or what Hitler does to conquered countries, the workers will give their own 10-act vaudeville, featuring Clinton English, Albina magician, and Helene Landsvert, Commercial dancer.” See related image Nos. 375A0463, 375A0464, 375A0465, 375A0466, 375A0467, 375A0468, 375A0469, 375A0470, 375A0471, 375A0472, 375A0473, and 375A0474.

Swing-shift workers performing at Playhouse Theatre, Portland

Photograph showing six unidentified musicians sitting on a stage. At left, an unidentified man is standing at a microphone. The number 20 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Swing shift / Playhouse Theatre / 1/16/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was probably taken at a vaudeville show performed by workers from Albina Engine & Machine Works and Commercial Iron Works in Portland. A short preview of the show was published on Page 4, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Friday, January 15, 1943: “SHIPYARD SHOW–Even the national War Labor board has set its seal of approval on the Albina-Commercial swing shift show slated for 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Playhouse. Besides a sneak preview and ‘This is Blitz,’ or what Hitler does to conquered countries, the workers will give their own 10-act vaudeville, featuring Clinton English, Albina magician, and Helene Landsvert, Commercial dancer.” See related image Nos. 375A0462, 375A0463, 375A0464, 375A0465, 375A0466, 375A0467, 375A0468, 375A0469, 375A0471, 375A0472, 375A0473, and 375A0474.

Swing-shift worker performing at Playhouse Theatre, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified woman on a stage, dancing. She is wearing a hula costume. The number 14 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Swing shift / Playhouse Theatre / 1/16/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was probably taken at a vaudeville show performed by workers from Albina Engine & Machine Works and Commercial Iron Works in Portland. A short preview of the show was published on Page 4, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Friday, January 15, 1943: “SHIPYARD SHOW–Even the national War Labor board has set its seal of approval on the Albina-Commercial swing shift show slated for 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Playhouse. Besides a sneak preview and ‘This is Blitz,’ or what Hitler does to conquered countries, the workers will give their own 10-act vaudeville, featuring Clinton English, Albina magician, and Helene Landsvert, Commercial dancer.” See related image Nos. 375A0462, 375A0463, 375A0464, 375A0465, 375A0466, 375A0467, 375A0468, 375A0469, 375A0470, 375A0471, 375A0472, and 375A0473.

Jeannine Christensen, welder at Albina Engine & Machine Works

Photograph showing Jeannine Christensen, a welder at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is facing front, looking to the right, and wearing a dress and fur coat. She is holding the coat open with one hand so the lining is visible. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Jeanine [sic] / 9/30/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Jeannine Christensen, welder at Albina Engine & Machine Works, and unidentified woman looking in mirror

Photograph showing Jeannine Christensen, a welder at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland, sitting at a dressing table and looking in a mirror. An unidentified woman is standing behind Christensen and helping her to adjust the veil of a headpiece she is wearing. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Jeanine [sic] / 9/30/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Workers joining No Work, No Woo at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing four unidentified workers standing in line at a desk to sign up for “No Work, No Woo” at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. A woman who may be Jeannine Christensen, president of No Work, No Woo, is sitting in a chair at the desk and is either taking or giving a small card to the last woman in line. No Work, No Woo was an effort started by female employees at the Albina shipyard to reduce absenteeism. Workers pledged not to date anyone who hadn’t put in a full week’s work. Image note: The text “Albina shipbuilding / 9/3/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

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