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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Industry & Public Works

Factory Houses: 1941

Factory Houses: 1941

January 1941. "Near the waterfront. New Bedford, Massachusetts." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

Industrial Winter: 1941

Industrial Winter: 1941

January 1941. "Industrial area around New Bedford, Massachusetts." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

A Brighter Tomorrow: 1942

A Brighter Tomorrow: 1942

June 1942. "Kenneth C. Hall with his wife, Helen Louise, and daughter Peggy. Mr. Hall is a foreman in the hot rolling mill at the Reynolds Metals Company, an aluminum plant using Tennessee Valley Authority electricity. He lives in this TVA defense house at Sheffield, Alabama." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Some Assembly Required: 1942

Some Assembly Required: 1942

June 1942. "Installation of a third 30,000 kilowatt generator at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Cherokee Dam on the Holston River." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Cherokee Dam: 1942

Cherokee Dam: 1942

June 1942. Riveter atop a 250-ton hoist at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Cherokee Dam on the Holston River. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

River of Fire: 1941

River of Fire: 1941

November 1941. "Slag runoff from one of the open-hearth furnaces at Republic Steel in Youngstown, Ohio. Slag is drawn off the furnace just before the molten steel is poured into ladles for ingotting." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Oklahoma: 1942

Oklahoma: 1942

October 1942. Employees at the Mid-Continent oil refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
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