Margery Watson World War II Photographs

Title

Margery Watson World War II Photographs

Description

The Margery Watson World War II Photographs is a small collection comprised of a series of photographs either taken or gathered by Margery Watson while she was employed at North American Aviation in Inglewood, California as a draftsperson between 1943-1945. The photographs are primarily small black-and-white snapshots that document NAA personnel adding a Merlin engine and performing engine tests on the prototype P-51 nicknamed "Baby" for United States Army Air Force ground crews. Some of the photographs feature group portraits of the design team with a few names indicated. There are a couple of photographs of uniformed airmen as well. One portrait of Watson standing in front of a plane, which was removed from a shadowbox including some of her tools, is also present in the collection.

Also included in the collection are several small collectible photographs of military aircraft developed by various manufacturers in the 1940s. Some photographs are affixed to album pages which have a few pieces of small ephemera glued to them as well.

Digitized Materials: The archival materials and one object, one of Watson's drafting tools, have been digitized from this collection.

Date

circa 1940s

Creator

Watson, Margery, 1926-1992

Language

All materials are in English.

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Margery Watson World War II Photographs must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The Margery Watson World War II Photographs/The Museum of Flight

Identifier

2017-01-05

Collection Organization

Collection Items

[Margery Watson World War II Photographs album pages]
Photograph album pages containing 28 photographs and small ephemera related to Margery Watson's work at North American Aviation in Inglewood, California, circa 1940s. Watson worked as a draftsperson from 1943 to 1945 and helped to develop…

[North American Aviation personnel attaching propeller to "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of North American Aviation personnel attaching a propeller to "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s. Inscription: "Watch it!"Item from the Margery…

[North American Aviation personnel working on "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of North American Aviation personnel working on "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s.Inscription: "O.K. for the spinner."Item from the Margery…

[North American Aviation personnel working on "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of North American Aviation personnel working on "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s.Inscription: "Forget something?"Item from the Margery Watson…

[North American Aviation personnel working on "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of North American Aviation personnel working on "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s.Inscription: "Fill 'er up."Item from the Margery Watson World…

[North American Aviation personnel working on "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of North American Aviation personnel working on "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s.Inscription: "Just a li'l more."Item from the Margery Watson…

["Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s.Inscription: "All assembled."Item from the Margery Watson World War II Photographs album pages, circa 1940s.…

[Pilot starting up "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of a pilot starting up "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s.Inscription: "Warm 'er up."Item from the Margery Watson World War II Photographs album…

[North American Aviation personnel with "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of North American Aviation personnel standing in front of "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s.Inscription: "Hi fellahs."Item from the Margery…

["Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang]
Photograph of "Baby," a prototype North American P-51B (F-51B) Mustang aircraft (serial number 42-106638), Inglewood, California, circa 1940s.Inscription: "Baby' ready for an overhaul."Item from the Margery Watson World War II Photographs album…
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