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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Factories

Heavy Duty: 1918

Heavy Duty: 1918

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"Fageol heavy truck assembly -- Oakland, California, factory, 1918." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Company. View full size.

 

The Tubularity: 1940

The Tubularity: 1940

October 1940. "Painting the cylinders of aircraft motors at the Pratt & Whitney plant. East Hartford, Conn." Nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Western Electric: 1917

Western Electric: 1917

Oakland circa 1917. "Western Electric Co. -- looking east toward Pacific Tel." For more than a century, the company was the manufacturing arm of Bell Telephone. 8x6 glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Co. View full size.

 

Teamwork: 1942

Teamwork: 1942

October 1942. "Men and women make efficient operating teams on riveting and other jobs at the Douglas Aircraft plant, Long Beach, Calif. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F 'Flying Fortress' heavy bomber, the A-20 'Havoc' assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane shown here for the carrying of troops and cargo." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Direct Hit: 1908

Direct Hit: 1908

Circa 1908. "Manchester, New Hampshire, from Derryfield Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Man of Steel: 1942

Man of Steel: 1942

May 1942. "Denver, Colorado. Interior of a shipbuilding plant, showing workman who previously assembled incubator parts and amusement park devices, now working on hulls and decks of escort vessels. He and his co-workers will be invited to Mare Island, 1,300 miles away, to help launch the ships they are building." 4x5 nitrate negative for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fountain Pen Factory: 1935

Fountain Pen Factory: 1935

Circa 1935. "Sheaffer fountain pen factory, Fort Madison, Iowa. Final act of the pen manufacture." 8x10 acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 
 
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