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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Industrial Light & Magic: 1915

Industrial Light & Magic: 1915

Wyandotte, Michigan, circa 1915. "Foundry, Detroit Shipbuilding Co." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Even more ghosts

also note the "ghostly" traveling hoist.

The image seems to be a mix of ambient light, from the door and windows, and flash (most of the light on the foreground). The two exposures may have been separate shutter trips, separated by several seconds, or the flash may have simply been ignited at the end of a modest time exposure.

[The time exposure includes the flash. Shutter opened (or lens cover removed), flash ignited, lens cover replaced. - Dave]

More Ghosts

How long would the exposure be on this?

The third ghostly guy from the left and the fifth ghostly guy from the left look like the same guy? (Tall skinny guy with a cap)

Hey. Conduit and junction boxes in 1915.

Safety first!

Zap!

Another memory shaken loose by this site. One day a childhood neighbor friend of mine asked me to hold my tongue between my thumb and finger and repeat the phrase "My father works in a shipyard." We all know how that turned out.

Sand, sand, sand

How I remember it well. I in this photo you will notice it everywhere since the iron molds were made of pressed sand and still are today. The sand you see in the piles is where the pressed sand molds were broken to remove the casting. I did this same job in the '80s.

 
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