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Keep 'Em Sailing: 1942

Keep 'Em Sailing: 1942

May 1942. "Twenty-four hours a day the sparks from acetylene torches of steel workers in eight Denver fabricating plants are flying thick and fast that the U.S. Navy may carry the battle to the enemy in all parts of the world. Here in secluded Denver, the world's largest city not on a navigable waterway, this war production worker, who has never seen a battleship or an ocean, fashions the steel hull parts which are being assembled at Mare Island Navy Yard in California -- 1,200 miles from where he and his fellow workers are on the job to help 'keep 'em sailing'." Office of War Information, photographer unknown. View full size.


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Straight edge

Being a welder trainer I like this photo because the photo shows that the man cutting the steel is using a piece of square stock as a straight edge to guide the torch tip on a straight line. A good burner knows to always pull the torch close than to push the torch away. although his feet are in the line of fire this is something difficult to avoid when torching by hand.

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