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Outfitting the Military

1940

Outfitting the Military - A woman who is blind sews material for the war effortWith wars escalating in Europe, American defense spending is increasing. The high demand for goods means more employment opportunities for people who are blind. In 1940, more than 1,000 blind employees earn over $1 million in combined wages. From 1941 to 1945, production spikes, and this growing segment of the workforce churns out 21.3 million mops, 40.6 million pillowcases and 16.7 million mailing bags, among other goods. The quality craftsmanship of individuals who are blind is firmly established.

*Photo is representative of actual events.