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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Blue Island: 1943

Blue Island: 1943

April 1943. Blue Island, Illinois. "John Kelseh, blacksmith, at his forge in the blacksmith shop at the roundhouse, Rock Island R.R." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Salt of the Earth

God bless that guy and the legions of Americans like him.

New gloves

My summer job was outdoor work around a factory about 100 miles north of Blue Island, and we treasured our new leather work gloves. We might get two pairs a summer. They were stiff and clumsy when new, but they worked their way into a great suppleness as the summer wore on.

Bottom Line

Says it all. This is one great photo. Blacksmith with time clock and cards in the background...Old School.


Looks like his gloves are "wearmaster" brand? I did a quick search and I'm not sure if the brand is still around. Anyone know?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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