We love these rarely seen images of women working for the war effort during World War I in London and America. Here's a spirited look at some of our favorites.
Says the excellent John Ptak, from whom these images hail:
All thousand or so of them were made in the last half of 1918 (save for a very few made in 1919) , in the last months of the grueling conflict, and were intended to be used by newspaper and magazines to illustrate stories about the war. An editor would send off a request to one of these agencies for, say, a photograph of marching American nurses, and the agency would send one back (for a fee) along with a caption. There's really no way for me to determine if these photos were ever published, and there is never an attribution for the photographer.
Women in WWI—Rare Photographs, 1918 [Ptak Science Books]