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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

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Strike Lounge: 1937

Strike Lounge: 1937

January 1937. Flint, Michigan. "Sit-down strikers. Fisher Body plant No. 3." The labor action that led to the unionization of the American auto industry. Note the "sleeping car" at right. Photo by Sheldon Dick. View full size.

 

Fledglings: 1942

Fledglings: 1942

1942. "Final assembly at Vultee's Downey, California, plant of the BT-13A 'Valiant' basic trainer -- a fast, sturdy ship powered by a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine." Photo by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

General Electric: 1949

General Electric: 1949

August 4, 1949. "General Electric turbine plant, Schenectady, New York." Calling all car-spotters! Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Paterson Panorama: 1901

Paterson Panorama: 1901

Circa 1901. "Paterson, N.J., from Water Works Park." Lovely Paterson, Pearl of the Passaic. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Five-Tube Chassis: 1937

Five-Tube Chassis: 1937

March 1937. "Camden, New Jersey. RCA Victor. Five-tube chassis assembly line." Radio like Grandma used to make. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Tube Inspector: 1942

Tube Inspector: 1942

July 1942. "Ford bomber plant at Willow Run, Michigan. Inspection of more than a thousand separate tubing pieces composing the fuel, hydraulic, de-icing and other systems in a bomber is a highly important job. This young employee at the giant Willow Run plant uses her tiny flashlight to discover any internal defects in the tubing." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Factoryville: 1910

Factoryville: 1910

An uncaptioned industrial scene from the early 1900s. What is this gritty city? Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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