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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Mining

Cu Cu Train: 1942

Cu Cu Train: 1942

November 1942. "Bingham Canyon, Utah. Ore trains on a trestle bridge above an open-pit mine of the Utah Copper Company." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Georgetown: 1901

Georgetown: 1901

"Clear Creek Cañon." Georgetown, Colorado, circa 1901. Famous for the Georgetown Loop, a narrow-gauge railroad visible in the distance. 8x10 glass plate by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Winter Job: 1910

Winter Job: 1910

December 1910. "Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy. James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co., in the vicinity of Coal Creek, Tennessee. James has been here four months. Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Mrs. Gladski: 1938

Mrs. Gladski: 1938

1938. "Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Joe Gladski, wife of a coal miner at Maple Hill." Photo by Sheldon Dick, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Stamp Mill: 1906

The Stamp Mill: 1906

Copper production circa 1906. "12,000 horsepower compound pump, Calumet and Hecla stamp mill, Lake Linden, Michigan." Note the faint double exposure in this 8x10 inch glass plate. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Calumet and Hecla: 1905

Calumet and Hecla: 1905

Circa 1905. "Calumet and Hecla smelters, Lake Linden, Michigan." Starting point for the web of copper telephone and streetcar wires seen in so many of the other Detroit Publishing images. Panorama of two 8x10 glass plates. View full size.

 

Water Foul: 1935

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Water Foul: 1935

1935. "Miner's house at Scott's Run, West Virginia. Note sewerage system." Photo by Elmer Johnson for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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