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Poles Apart: 1937

Poles Apart: 1937

July 1937. "Electrical and telephone wires. Rosslyn, Virginia." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Meaning downtown Arlington.

Old-School Linemen

I remember as a kid, watching a lineman arrive alone in a truck and then climb the pole using only spiked boots and a big leather strap. He would hang off the side of the pole, working within inches of live wires, using tools from a huge tool belt.

Today you only see cherry picker trucks and several people on the ground as a support crew. I guess this is safer, but not nearly as much fun to watch.

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