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Framed photograph of Greenfield Tap and Die Corporation operator during WWII

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World War II (WWII) has often been called "the people's war" because it depended on the work and sacrifice of every American, from the battlefield to the home front. The war brought out both the greatness and the weakness of the American people, and in that sense, it truly was a "people's war." This is a photo of Stanley Bialy, a worker at the Greenfield Tap & Die Corporation (GTD) in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1943. The machine he is operating is an engine lathe, used to machine any type of round metal parts. He is performing the first operation of making a tap: making the blank from raw material. During WWII, GTD employed more than 4,000 workers.


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