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Dam Workers: 1942

Dam Workers: 1942

June 1942. Workers on the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Dam hydro- electric project. View full size. 3.25 inch safety negative by Arthur Rothstein.


Not happy, Jan!

They've just been told that there'll be no overtime paid but, due to the war effort, they'll be working extra hours for the next three years!!


Arthur Rothstein photographs

My father, Arthur Rothstein, took this photo! As he used to say, a picture is worth a thousand words. This photo says it all.

[Thanks, Eve! We would be very interested to hear whatever you could tell us about your father and his work. - Dave]

This is how mechanics look at my car.

Right before they present me with shocking estimates...

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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