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

Industry & Public Works

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.

 

Men of Steel: 1938

Men of Steel: 1938

July 1938. Veteran steelworkers in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

In what we hope will be an annual tradition, we're pleased to open the season on the Shorpy/Plan59 Holiday Print, made at Juniper Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia, from an original 1938 painting by noted Fortune magazine illustrator Antonio Petruccelli that we purchased at auction last fall in New York. The prints, struck on French art paper with archival inks, are very detailed and quite beautiful.
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Liberty Ships: 1941

Liberty Ships: 1941

1941. Building liberty ships in an abandoned freight car factory near the Atlantic coast. Freighter sections for the merchant fleet are being prefabricated at the rate of one ship a week. View full size. Photograph by Howard Liberman.

 

TVA: 1942

TVA: 1942

June 1942. Tightening a nut on a guide vane servomotor in the Tennessee Valley Authority hydroelectric plant at the Watts Bar Dam. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 

Etna: 1941

Etna: 1941

November 1941. Iron ore piles and blast furnaces of the Carnegie-Illinois steel mill in Etna, Pennsylvania. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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