War workers and buildings of Washington DC during World War II
Washington DC USA Date:1943 Duration:4 min 35 sec Sound:Yes
Clip compares Washington DC to an industrial boomtown where the big business is government, during World War 2. Men and women working in offices. A young woman seated at a desk and doing clerical work. Identification cards of civilian women working for the U.S. Army. Pedestrians and workers walking on a street of Washington DC. Buildings along street sides. People at the entrance of Union Station. A woman identified as Phyllis Hood joins others in a Diamond Taxi cab leaving Union Station. Woman exits the taxi and looks at various buildings as she seeks a place to live in Washington. Boards on buildings read: 'No Vacancy', 'No Rooms' and 'Filled Up'. Wearing a fur coat and hat, she stops and sits on her suitcase, removes a shoe, and rubs her tired feet. She talks to a police officer on a traffic corner, who directs her to the U.S. Office of Information. She is seen inside the main hallway of the Office of Information. They direct her to an availble room at the former French Embassy building at the intersection of 16th Street and Kalorama Road NW in Washington DC, by Meridian Hill Park. She enters the building which that narrator says serves as a hotel for girls. She talks to a receptionist in the main hall lobby and then ascends the stairs. Phyllis Hood along with two other girls seated inside a room. They talk amongst themselves and relax. Woman hangs nylon stockings from a hanger to dry. The women going to sleep at night and turning out bedside lights. A large room with an operations maps, and clocks on the curved wall showing time in various international cities.
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