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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Factories

Michigan Sugar: 1908

Michigan Sugar: 1908

1908. "Michigan Sugar Co., Saginaw." Processor of sugar beets. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Working His Way Up: 1916

Working His Way Up: 1916

June 20, 1916. Fall River, Massachusetts. "Marian Viera, 101 Columbia St., Doffer in mill. Says he gets $7.74 a week." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Vertical Balance: 1942

Vertical Balance: 1942

June 1942. "John Sonesen, propeller grinder at a Hartford, Connecticut, plant, inspects a blade for a vertical balance during the operation of grinding it to correct contours in a template. This Hamilton blade will be assembled in a pitch-controlling Hydra-Matic mechanism to help power one of our new warplanes." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Car Factory: 1911

The Car Factory: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." At least two laborers are hard at work in our second look at the expansion of Albert Kahn's factory from two stories to four, at the spot where a bridge was eventually built over Grand Boulevard, connecting this building with one across the street. View full size.

 

Packard Plant: 1911

Packard Plant: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." Expansion of the Albert Kahn-designed factory building on Grand Boulevard, now an infamous urban ruin. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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