This photograph shows female staff of the Ballito factory on Hatfield Road, St Albans during the Second World War. The original caption reads: ‘Hoisery Staff – Women’. This photograph comes from ‘Ballito Into War’, a book of photographs produced by Ballito in 1944 to show “…how the makers of the famous Ballito stockings played their part towards final victory [in the Second World War]”. This book is in the collections of St Albans Museums. You can see more photographs from this book at the St Albans Museums Website
Ballito had been a hoisery factory before the war, making ladies stockings. During the war, like many factories it went over to making munitions as part of the war effort. Did someone from your family work at Ballito? Maybe you know someone in this photograph?