Signing up for jobs (1944)

24647176570_2458c0133a_kThe current hiring campaign at Y-12 and Pantex has attracted attention, signaling changes in the mission work at the nuclear weapons plants in Tennessee and Texas. But today’s post-Cold War hiring surge pales in comparison to the urgent job hires that took place in Oak Ridge during the World War II Manhattan Project. The above photograph show workers processing the paperwork for a crowd of applicants on June 5, 1944. (Department of Energy archives/Ed Westcott photo)