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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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Hamilton Standard

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.

You can be the man you once were

Or maybe even better!


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