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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Industry & Public Works

The Hanna Furnaces: 1942

The Hanna Furnaces: 1942

Coal tower over ovens of the Hanna furnaces, Great Lakes Steel, Detroit. Nov. 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel.

 

Shasta Totem: 1942

Shasta Totem: 1942

June 1942. Cable tower from which buckets carry materials used in the construction of Shasta Dam, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

Dialog of Giants: 1942

Dialog of Giants: 1942

Construction at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Douglas Dam, June 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Muscle Shoals: 1942

Muscle Shoals: 1942

Furnace man at phosphate smelter, TVA chemical plant near Muscle Shoals, Alabama. June 1942. View full size. Photograph by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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