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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT, WWII

Manned by Women: 1942

Manned by Women: 1942

August 1942. Republic Drill and Tool Co., Chicago. "Pioneers of the production line, these two young workers are among the first women ever to operate a center­less grinder, a machine requiring both the knowledge of precision measuring inst­ruments, and considerable experience and skill in setting up. In this Midwest drill and tool plant, manned almost exclusively by women, centerless grinders have been efficiently operated by women for more than a year, and company prod­uction figures have continued to soar." Medium-format nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Golden Boys: 1942

Golden Boys: 1942

October 1942. State School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. "Speed in metallurgical anal­ysis, to match the rapidity with which the nation arms itself, is possible through use of the spectrograph, a marvelous new machine used for study of materials through measurements of the arc of light they emit when heated. The aluminum and magnesium industries, steel companies and foundries use it for quick study of metals. Mines use it for exploration. The spectrograph will yield an analysis of seven elements in 15 minutes, which would require up to four hours by old chemical methods. Students in defense training courses at a famous mining-engineering school listen as an instructor shows them how the machine operates." Photo by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Pensacola Electric: 1908

Pensacola Electric: 1908

Florida circa 1908. "Blount Building, Pensacola." Still standing, at the corner of Garden and Palafox. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Breathing Room: 1941

Breathing Room: 1941

January 11, 1941. "Triboro Hospital for Tuberculosis, Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens, New York. X-Ray viewing room. Eggers & Higgins, architect." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Footloose: 1932

Footloose: 1932

"NO CAPTION." Our wayfarers from 1932 (and last week) are back, ready for a swim and/or bath. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tennessee Club: 1906

Tennessee Club: 1906

Memphis circa 1906. "Tennessee Club." Bonus points if you can identify the runabout. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Beeswax at 20 Paces

Beeswax at 20 Paces

October 23, 1909. New York. "Dueling with wax bullets." Last seen here. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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