Georgia Bentley left her family’s farm in Southern Maryland to become a Government Girl in World War II Washington. She was just 16 years old. Georgia’s work at the Navy Yard financially helped her mother and younger bothers and sisters after her father’s untimely death.

Georgia is charming, vibrant, and a vivid storyteller. She has fun and fond memories of living in D.C. during the war years. She’s kindly allowed me to share some of them along with a few of her terrific photos.

Here is a short clip in which Georgia remembers rationed nylons and liquid stockings. Look for more clips soon.

And check out this great article from Smithsonian magazine about the leg make-up Georgia mentions: