Shrimp factory female workers Findus Hammerfest, Northern Norway, 1955 (Photo by Kåre Kivijärvi, digitaltmuseum.no)
The modernisation processes in North Norway after 1945 also altered the gender and working-class patterns. Many fishery communities changed from a household-based economy to an industrial-based economy, and people from the fishing towns and villages became wage earners. Industrial work with processing and curing of fish and other marine products gave new job opportunities for women.
Findus had a department for the production of shrimp, as the picture shows. Peeling shrimp was manual work until a peeling technology was introduced in the late 1960s.
Credit: Photographer Kåre Kivijärvi, Archive: Gjenreisningsmuseet for Finnmark og Nord-Troms, Hammerfest. Id.: GMH.F004340, digitaltmuseum.no, CC license.