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A Hot Mess: 1901

A Hot Mess: 1901

Circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, brass foundry, Chelsea, Michigan." Our umpteenth look at these slightly untidy premises. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Safety in railroading

Study the end of the flatcar and notice that while it has a Janney coupler rather than link and pin, there is no air brake or any grab irons or stirrup step for the brakeman to use to get to the hand brake. No wonder they killed 2 RR train service employees a day back then.

Love that narrow gauge track with mini turntable for getting into the building.

"Keep your workplace clean & tidy!"

In his spare time back in the 1960s, my dad made a couple of safety programs for his employer -- slide shows with polished soundtracks on a tape recorder which were later converted to filmstrips with a vinyl record to be distributed throughout the company, Interstate Bakeries. To play off the company name, and the cultural excitement around the buildout of the national interstate highway system, Dad's programs were called "Interstate 15: Fifteen Rules for Safety".

With all the loose lumber and wires and a barrel just lying around waiting to trip someone, this picture shows a clear violation of Rule 12: Keep Your Workplace Clean & Tidy!

Anyone have a match?

If only there were somewhere we could, I don't know, burn all this scrap wood we have lying around. Any ideas?

And Quite Nearby

Must be the premises of Stover's Glazing.

Balancing Act

Love the precarious way the water tower sits -- half on, half off.

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