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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Industry & Public Works

Nebraska Power: 1938

Nebraska Power: 1938

November 1938. "Nebraska Power Company, Omaha." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Live Better Electrically: 1938

Live Better Electrically: 1938

November 1938. "Houses near the Nebraska Power Company plant, Omaha." Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Dialog of Giants: 1942

Dialog of Giants: 1942

June 1942. "Tennessee Valley Authority -- construction cranes at Douglas Dam." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Gas Giant: 1937

Gas Giant: 1937

        An old-school gasworks (back in the days before the widespread use of natural gas) where coal was heated to produce "city gas" or "illuminating gas," which was so poisonously toxic that people inhaled it to commit suicide ("taking the gas pipe"). The tank-like structure, called a gasometer or gas holder, telescoped up and down depending on how much gas was inside, its weight serving to pressurize the system and push gas through the lines.

1937. "Charlotte Street Gas Works, Charleston, South Carolina." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Industrial Crossing: 1937

Industrial Crossing: 1937

        "40 cents no less."

June 1937. "Packing company strike. Cambridge, Maryland." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Turn, Turn, Turn: 1942

Turn, Turn, Turn: 1942

June 1942. "Tennessee Valley Authority power and conservation. Fort Loudoun Dam construction. Workman opening valve on a new pipeline of Fort Loudoun Dam, farthest upstream of the TVA's main Tennessee River projects. Scheduled for closure and first storage of water early in 1943, this dam will create a 15,000-acre lake reaching 55 miles upstream to the city of Knoxville. The reservoir will have a useful storage capacity of 126,000 acre-feet. Power installation of 64,000 kilowatts is authorized, with a possible ultimate of 96,000 kilowatts." Medium format negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Jackhammer Time: 1942

Jackhammer Time: 1942

August 1942. "Fort Loudoun Dam -- Tennessee Valley Authority drillers." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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