Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women
Gibson's "Banner" Guitars of WWII
(American History Press, 2013)
The book revolves around the interviews of a dozen women who
appeared in the Gibson Guitar Company’s 1944 workforce photograph. Prior to my
discovery of these women, Gibson had claimed in Wartime advertisements and in a
1973 company history authored by its WWII personnel director that it ceased
producing guitars during the War. The younger members of its workforce had left
to serve the military War effort. The remaining seasoned craftsmen repaired
some instruments but, because of their limited numbers and wartime restrictions
on the use of raw materials, were unable to construct new musical instruments.
I discovered that the female workforce produced nearly 25,000 instruments
during the war
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