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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

A Cup of Fire: 1942

A Cup of Fire: 1942

February 1942. "Casting a billet from an electric furnace, Chase Brass and Copper Co., Euclid, Ohio. Modern electric furnaces speeding the production of brass and other copper alloys for national defense. Here the molten metal is poured or cast from the tilted furnace into a mold to form a billet. The billet later is worked into rods, tubes, wires or special shapes for a variety of uses." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Chase Brass

Now it's the site of the Euclid Square Mall.

Captivating

I don't know if it's the fire or the size of the machine next to the men, but there's something about this picture that's absolutely captivating.

 
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