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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Dialog of Giants: 1942

Dialog of Giants: 1942

Construction at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Douglas Dam, June 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Star Wars

They could have been the beginning of AT-ATs.

Douglas Dam

The dam was built to provide power to Oak Ridge for the Manhattan Project, whose factories produced the materials used in the atomic bomb. Astonishingly built in only 13 months.

WOW

Terrific photo, imagine what it took just to build the support infrastructure to build the dam and during the war years when resources were in high demand for the war effort.

 
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