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Women workers making spark plugs photograph
Description: This photograph, collected for use in the Ohio Guide, shows women workers making spark plugs at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, ca. 1930. These workers were likely working as part of the Works Progress Administration project. In 1935, President Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL00029
Subjects: Rubber industry and trade--Ohio; Women--Employment; Firestone Tire and Rubber Company; Akron (Ohio); Works Progress Administration
Places: Akron (Ohio); Summit County (Ohio)