Boy, Girl, and Machinery: 1940

1945LatheSeventy-five years ago today, Life Magazine, April 15, 1940, shows this young man and woman admiring this electric lathe at a National Youth Administration machine shop. Between 1930 and 1940, the number of American youth increased from 22,000,000 to 25,000,000. The NYA was a New Deal program designed to help find a place for those extra three million kids, sparing them of the demoralizing prospect of being out of school and out of work.

The young Romeo here is showing off the machine shop to his awestruck date during an NYA party.

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