#Throwback Thursday: The First Female Toll Collectors

In early 1944, the following ad appeared in the classified section of the New York Times:

HELP WANTED -Women Toll Collectors-$160 Monthly-Shift work at George Washington Bridge, Holland and Lincoln Tunnels-Height 5’2″ minimum. Age 21 to 35. Weight:  115 to 140 pounds.  Bring references which will be carefully investigated. Change-making experience desirable but not essential.  Good health requisite.  Women employed in war work or essential industries will be be accepted without a certificate of availability.  Applicants must be citizens and should bring a birth certificate.  Apply daily except Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Office of the Personnel Director – Room #1500 – The Port of New York Authority – 111 Eighth Avenue, New York City.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t locate photos of these intrepid women who were among the first to enter the workplace in the aftermath of World War II.  But in tribute to Ms. Elizabeth Branch, the extraordinary woman who commemorated her 50th anniversary this past spring as a toll collector at the Holland Tunnel, we offer this photo slideshow of the Port Authority’s very professional and well-coiffed toll collectors circa 1960.

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