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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Industry & Public Works

Under Wraps: 1942

Under Wraps: 1942

June 1942. "Eight units in generator hall of a new addition to TVA's hydroelectric plant at Wilson Dam, Sheffield vicinity, Alabama." Much, if not most, of the energy from the huge Tennessee Valley Authority hydroelectric projects undertaken during the war was used to run the uranium enrichment plants at the government's secret atom-bomb facility in Oak Ridge. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Levers of Power: 1942

Levers of Power: 1942

June 1942. Crane operator at Tennessee Valley Authority's Douglas Dam. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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