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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

A. Palmer

Aim High: 1942

Aim High: 1942

June 1942. Fort Knox, Kentucky. "The crew of an M-3 tank learns all the ways of causing trouble for the Axis with a 75mm gun, a 37mm gun and four machine guns." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, OWI. View full size.

 

Big Steel: 1941

Big Steel: 1941

Nov. 1941. Etna, Pennsylvania. "Blast furnaces and ore at the Carnegie-Illinois Steel mills." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

A Watched Pot: 1942

A Watched Pot: 1942

June 1942. "TVA chemical plant where elemental phosphorus is made. Vicinity of Muscle Shoals, Alabama." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Now It Can Be Told: 1942

Now It Can Be Told: 1942

February 1942. Akron, Ohio. Another esoteric industrial process involving scary-looking thingamabobs essential to the war effort. Executive summary: Performing a painstakingly choreographed ballet of complicated tasks at precisely timed intervals, Joe Warworker here is doing his part to Speed Victory! View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Mating Operation: 1942

Mating Operation: 1942

February 1942. Firestone Rubber plant in Akron, Ohio. "Conversion. Beverage containers to aviation oxygen cylinders. Before completion of the fourth and final welding operation in the manufacture of shatterproof oxygen cylinders for high altitude flying, all straps are subjected to physical tests to determine the strength of the weld. Occasional radiographic inspections are made to insure the quality of workmanship after the two halves of the cylinder are brought together in this atomic welding machine and made one unit. Here, the operator has just completed the union and is about to remove the whole cylinder." 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Life in Wartime: 1942

Life in Wartime: 1942

Pittsburgh, August 1942. "The comforts of home looked pretty good to Navy Radioman John Marshall Evans and Sergeant French L. Vineyard, who spent Sunday with the family of their poster colleague George Woolslayer." Medium format negative negative by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

Big Muddy: 1942

Big Muddy: 1942

Fort Knox, June 1942. "Light tank going through water obstacle." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 
 
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