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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Youngstown: 1902

Youngstown: 1902

Circa 1902. "Youngstown, Ohio. Steel mill and Mahoning River." 8x10 inch silver gelatin glass transparency, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Smoke

Al Gore just had spasms.

That's the world we used to live in, coal fired industries, home heating, railroads and other pollution and yet now we are poisoning the air?

It was common when I was growing up to walk out of the house on a cold morning and smell the soft coal smoke.

Pollution

I am not an environmental nut, but I am glad we don't put out that kind of pollution anymore! Asthma or lung cancer anyone?

The Smog Monster

That photo is either showing a whole city on fire or is the best possible evidence for the creation of the EPA.

 
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