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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

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Etna: 1941

Etna: 1941

November 1941. Blast furnace at Carnegie-Illinois steel mill at Etna, Pennsylvania. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Great Lakes Steel: 1942

Great Lakes Steel: 1942

November 1942. "Hanna furnaces of the Great Lakes Steel Corp., Detroit. Coal pusher apparatus with coal storage building seen in the fog which constantly hangs over the plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel. View full size.

 

Dinner-Toters: 1913

Dinner-Toters: 1913

"Dinner-Toters" waiting for the gate to open. This is carried on more in Columbus than in any other city I know, and by smaller children. Many of them are paid by the week for doing it, and carry, sometimes, ten or more a day. They go around in the mill, often help tend to machines, which often run at noon, and so learn the work. A teacher told me the mothers expect the children to learn this way, long before they are of proper age. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, Columbus, Georgia, 1913. View full size.

 

Flint Mill: 1912

Flint Mill: 1912

January 1912. "The Flint Cotton Mill spinning room. Small girls are employed here but not in evidence this noon. Fall River, Massachusetts." View full size.

 

A Little Spinner: 1909

A Little Spinner: 1909

January 1909. "A little spinner in Globe Cotton Mill. Augusta, Ga. The overseer admitted she was regularly employed." View full size. Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Just Wandered In: 1908

Just Wandered In: 1908

December 3, 1908. "A little spinner in the Mollahan Mills, Newberry, S.C. She was tending her 'sides' like a veteran, but after I took the photo, the overseer came up and said in an apologetic tone that was pathetic, 'She just happened in.' Then a moment later he repeated the information. The mills appear to be full of youngsters that 'just happened in,' or are 'helping sister.' Witness Sara R. Hine." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

New Oldses: 1951

New Oldses: 1951

"1951 Oldsmobile final assembly." View full size. Ex General Motors archives.

 
 
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