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Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, late 1940s or 1950s. The officers and staff of the Standard Steel Spring Company pose for a (Christmas?) celebration with nary a spouse in sight. One hopes that the tinsel was fire resistant. These men fabricated automobile bumpers and leaf springs in volumes sufficient to fill several railroad boxcars per day. Owned by Willard Rockwell, these operations were moved to Illinois in 1960. At that point, my grandfather, Alvin F. Shaw, (fifth from the right of the row nearest the camera) simply retired, ending a tenure that began in 1926. View full size.