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

Radio Room: 1925

Radio Room: 1925

1925. "Condenser assembling department." Another view of workers putting radios together at the vast Atwater Kent factory in Philadelphia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Economics 101

"I really wish the US had all that manufacturing going on today"

You're right--imagine how our economy would look if when you walked into a Best Buy or Circuit City all those products were made in this country--all the wealth being kept here.

[If all those products were made here, there wouldn't be a Best Buy or Circuit City. - Dave]

Ship Shape Shop

You'd think this type of work would make people out of shape, but other than the lady in the foreground, not a single person in the picture can pinch an inch of fat. They are all perfectly slender. But then again, none of these people had Big Macs for lunch and dinner at Appleby's.

Could They Fill That Shop Today?

I really wish the US had all that manufacturing going on today. I do wonder if we could fill those jobs though or whether the employers would have to look for illegal immigrants. Once thing is for sure, we're a soft and spoiled bunch compared to those folks.

Erector set builders

All those little nuts and bolts and plates to put together! Now the radio-tuning task is done with a semiconductor diode. The new factories are full of billion-dollar machines and the workers just keep them fed.

 
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