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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

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Early Oil: 1910

Early Oil: 1910

Contra Costa County, California, circa 1910. "Standard Oil works, Richmond, looking east." The refinery, described as "colossal" when it opened in 1902, is still in operation, under the Chevron name. 8x6 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Sawdust in Her Hair: 1943

Sawdust in Her Hair: 1943

June 1943. "Turkey Pond, near Concord, New Hampshire. Women workers employed by a Department of Agriculture timber salvage sawmill. 18-year-old 'pit-woman' Norma Webber [last seen here] agrees with her sister that sawmill work is harder than working in a laundry, but it isn't so tedious, and is easier on the nerves." Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Agnes the Operator: 1942

Agnes the Operator: 1942

July 1942. "Production. Machine guns of various calibers. Agnes Mahan, bench lathe operator at a large Eastern firearms plant, makes oil drills for .50- caliber machine gun barrels. Colt's Patent Firearms Mfg. Co., Hartford, Connecticut." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Stacked: 1925

Stacked: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Rear view of Potomac Electric Power Co. Benning plant." 8x10 safety negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Coal Bridge: 1942

Coal Bridge: 1942

December 1942. "Bridge with five-ton coal bucket, Milwaukee Western Fuel Co." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Weld Noir: 1943

Weld Noir: 1943

May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland. Liberty ship construction. Welding on a hatch assembly at night." Medium format negative by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Detroit Edison: 1910

Detroit Edison: 1910

Circa 1910. "Edison Electric plant (Detroit Edison Company), Detroit, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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