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Notes on the Employment of Women on Munitions of War With an Appendix on Training of Munition Workers


Author/Editor: Ministry of Munitions
Year: 1916
Publisher: HMSO London
Edition: First edition
Binding: Paperback
Size: 4to
Overall condition: Good
Book weight (kg): 0.346

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Paper covers, 94 pages, many illustrations in the run of text. In addition, pages 23 to 74 consist entirely of illustrations from photographs, typically two to a page, showing women engaged in a variety of specifically captioned tasks. Owner’s stamp to front cover (H. Verney 1916) and the same year stamp to the title page. With a Preface by David Lloyd George, then Minister of Munitions: “The photographic records and the written description of what is actually being done by women in munitions factories, on processes hitherto performed solely by skilled men, will, I believe, act as an incentive and a guide in many factories where employers and employed have been sceptical as to the possibilities of dilution”. The final section, on training for both women and men coming in from outside the trades, does suggest that “men and women can quickly be trained to certain limited but nevertheless skilled operations”. An invaluable source document not only for details of the work carried out by women in munitions factories but for some insight into the social and political tightrope that Government undoubtedly had to tread in introducing fast-tracked unskilled men and women to the factory floor. Condition: Cover worn, rolled, chipped and soiled, some loss to the spine (about half an inch), blue crayon underlining to title. Binding sound, pages clean and bright after the title page, which is rather smudged.