• Creator
  • Unknown
  • Created Date
  • 1952
  • Description
  • In the early 1950s, the Des Moines and Zenith Volunteer Fire Department had a shortage of fire fighters on weekday afternoons. Most area men commuted some distance to work in industry, and they couldn't be near home to put out fires and do other rescue work. In January 1952, eight women volunteered for duty, and went through training. When more men were available during the day, the women left the department.This January 1952 photo shows four ... more
    In the early 1950s, the Des Moines and Zenith Volunteer Fire Department had a shortage of fire fighters on weekday afternoons. Most area men commuted some distance to work in industry, and they couldn't be near home to put out fires and do other rescue work. In January 1952, eight women volunteered for duty, and went through training. When more men were available during the day, the women left the department.This January 1952 photo shows four of the women fire fighters at Des Moines (now King County Fire District 26). A Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter dubbed these temporary volunteers the "Bra Brigade.". less
  • Format
  • image
    photograph
    Scanned from original negative using Epson Expression 10000XL as 4350 pixel TIFF image in 16-bit grayscale, resized to 700 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop CS4, JPEG quality measurement 4
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