U.S. Department of Agriculture food inspector, United States, 1945


Photograph. Female U.S. Department of Agriculture processed food inspector in laboratory. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/9/45--U.S. D. A. food guardians--The 200 women of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's processed food inspection corps help insure good food for the armed forces by checking every lot of canned fruits and vegetables as well as frozen and dehydrated foods the U.S. government buys for servicemen. With this vast job to do in addition to their regular peacetime job of inspecting food for the civilian market, the inspectors are working in three shifts around the clock, day and night. The processed food inspectors are stationed at 50 laboratories across the U.S. Most of the women inspectors are home economists, some are chemists and bacteriologists. They come from 36 states and from 55 colleges and universities. In this picture, a food inspector compares the color of blended grapefruit and orange juice--in a flat, ping-pong bat-shaped glass flask--with shaded color plates in a dictionary of color. Before determining the color she determines the sugar content of the juice.--PWW Photo--Serviced by Rome OWI (A List out). Approved by appropriate military authority. 6533-6." United States. 9 June 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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