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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HABANA CARNAVAL, 1946

Factories

Queens of the Radio: 1925

Queens of the Radio: 1925

"Radio set assembling room, 1925." Another view of the Atwater Kent factory in Philadelphia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Mr. Speaker: 1925

Mr. Speaker: 1925

Philadelphia, 1925. Atwater Kent radio factory. "Final inspection of loudspeaker after baking finish." View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Radio Days: 1928

Radio Days: 1928

1928. Speaker grille assembly at the Atwater Kent radio factory in Philadelphia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

A Stitch in Time: 1941

A Stitch in Time: 1941

December 1941. Seamstress in Puerto Rico. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 

War Machine: 1941

War Machine: 1941

Another selection from the LOC archives of Alfred Palmer's strikingly composed large-format black-and-white transparencies shot in December 1941 at factories in Akron and Cleveland. White Motor Company, Cleveland, Ohio. "Halftrac scout cars. Putting precision-made pistons assemblies into precision-made cylinders is a job that fits this former auto worker. The engine will be the power plant of an Army halftrac scout car. The Midwest plant that is turning it out has trained American automotive workers for every job on the line." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Take No Chances: 1941

Take No Chances: 1941

December 1941. Goodrich plant at Akron, Ohio. "Rubber stock for track treads of scout cars and other Army halftrack vehicles is milled in one Ohio tire plant. All rubber firmly 'welded' to the steel parts is formed into one tough durable piece." View full size. 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Army Elbow: 1942

Army Elbow: 1942

January 1942. Louisville, Kentucky. "Large pipe elbows for the Army are formed at Tube Turns Inc., by heating lengths of pipe with gas flames and forcing them around a die." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 
 
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