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Vertical Balance: 1942

Vertical Balance: 1942

June 1942. "John Sonesen, propeller grinder at a Hartford, Connecticut, plant, inspects a blade for a vertical balance during the operation of grinding it to correct contours in a template. This Hamilton blade will be assembled in a pitch-controlling Hydra-Matic mechanism to help power one of our new warplanes." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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I suppose the so called "Hartford, Connecticut, plant" was the Hamilton Standard Propeller Corporation plant. Hamilton Standard was the largest manufacturer of aircraft propellers in the world. Hamilton was a member of the United Aircraft and Transport Corporation, together with such companies as Boeing, United Airlines, Sikorsky, and Pratt & Whitney!

Everything about the place

reminded John of his old job at the surfboard factory.

That machine.

I suppose it makes sense, that being a propeller grinding factory , but all the same, there appears to be more than a few of that particular machine.

By the way, this particular photograph set has more than one or two sightseers.

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