Piles of aluminum pots and pans donated by English housewives to be melted down into metal for British fighting planes, 1940.
During World War II there was a massive shortage of metal that endangered the war efforts. As an act of patriotism and solidarity, British housewives donated their aluminum pots and pans to be melted down into metal for airplanes.
This huge pile of pots and pans demonstrates that women in 1940 were more than generous when it came to their contributions to the war effort. It was not only about the scrap metal which was used as a source of aluminum but also the sense of community on the home front as well as the feeling that everyone could support the war efforts.