1918-paperdoll-computers.jpg

1918-paperdoll-computers.jpg

A dozen women hold hands in front of a building on the Harvard campus in 1918. They are all women "computers" working in the Harvard College Observatory. At the far right of the image is Edward Pickering, the head of the Observatory who hired them all.
A dozen women computers hold hands in this 1918 photograph, which Smith Zrull calls the "paper doll" photo. To the far right is Edward Pickering, who hired the women computers. 
Credit: Courtesy Harvard College Observatory, Plate Stacks