Metropolitan Railway Guard Eva Carver. Mrs Carver can be seen dressed in uniform holding a lamp and flag by a staircase at Hammersmith Underground station, Metropolitan and Great Western Railways.
Photographed by A L P Reavil, 1915 - 1919
Location: Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham W6
Image no: Ukn
Inventory no: 2004/2929
20th Century London caption: Eva Carver was a Metropolitan Railway guard during the First World War at Hammersmith Underground station. Dressed in her Metropolitan and Great Western Railways uniform, she is holding a lamp and flag. A guard was seen as a responsible 'male' job. Women like Carver were hired from 1917 to replace men who had joined up to fight. During the war, the public encountered women transport workers daily. They were the most visible example of how women had entered the workplace. Their short skirts and buttoned boots would have seemed very risqué by the standards of the day.