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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Factories

Machine Shop: 1953

Machine Shop: 1953

Nov. 17, 1953. "F&R Machine Works, 44-14 Astoria Blvd., Long Island City, N.Y. General view from balcony. C.M. Johnson, client." Busy making whatchamacallits. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Drug Inspector: 1943

Drug Inspector: 1943

Dec. 17, 1943. "Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., Nutley, New Jersey. Building 28. Pfaudler Co., client." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Carnegie Steel: 1905

Carnegie Steel: 1905

Circa 1905. "Carnegie Steel Plant, Homestead, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Big & Tall: 1908

Big & Tall: 1908

December 1908. "Catawba Cotton Mills. Newton, N.C. It seems a pity that some of the spinning frames are so large that the children cannot operate them." Glass negative (and sardonic caption) by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Pioneer Parachute: 1942

Pioneer Parachute: 1942

August 1942. "Production. Parachute making. As these two girls thread shroud cords through the material, these yards of silk become more nearly recognizable as one of the parachutes turned out by this Eastern plant. Pioneer Parachute Company, Manchester, Connecticut." Photo by William Rittase for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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.

 

Mass Production: 1903

Mass Production: 1903

November 1903. "Assembling room, Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Co., Detroit. Men working in foundry and machine shop that produced automobile engines and merged with Cadillac Motor Co. in 1905." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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