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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Metropolis: 1925

Metropolis: 1925

Circa 1925, another scene from the Atwater Kent radio factory in Philadelphia. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Who needs Fire Exits?

There IS a fire extinguisher in the room.

Brazil

This is the first of these shots to remind me of Terry Gilliam's movie "Brazil." Just needs to be a little less well lit, but the machines are as imposing.

Safety first, watch those fingers.

No guard covers on the motor belts.

Capacitated

Looks to me as though they're making capacitors - strips of metal foil separated by an insulating strip - all wound into a cylinder. Used for filtering they allow AC current to pass, but prevent the passage of DC current.

Shades of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company

Looking for the fire exit ... Hmm ... Maybe it's behind the guys in suits?

Electrolytic!

I always wondered how they made all those capacitors.

 
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