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Desk Job: 1942

Desk Job: 1942

            " -- and where do you see yourself in five years?"

1942. "Salvage. Stacking chips in the game of war. Even better, if possible, than the individual citizen, American industry has learned to waste nothing. With every ounce of steel and steel scrap vital to the war, this employee of the Boston & Maine Railroad has been assigned the job of sorting steel washers. Here, as in all industry today, anything reusable is put back into service; the remainder becomes scrap to feed the nation's insatiable steel mills." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Ah, memories

I remember doing this as a kid, and to this day, I can generally recognize the difference between a 4-40 and a 6-32 screw by sight. I also have drawers (alas, only partially sorted) of washers, screws, bolts, nuts, and miscellaneous electrical parts that my grandfather collected prior to his death 54 years ago. The scary thing is how often I find something that I need in those drawers! Especially handy are the box wrenches that Chevy and Ford used to provide for owners to tune their vehicles--they will go places that a standard one won't.

His favorite toy in Preschool

Was the Stacking rings.

Tower of Hanoi

Stack N smaller on larger washers and you can move the stack to another peg, one washer at a time, never putting a larger on a smaller washer, in one less than 2 to the Nth power moves.

I spotted an error in stacking 101

4th row from the right. And after the stacking is completed. Short course in the mundane job of railroad spike straightening will be offered.


Think I will print this out and post on my office wall for when I am having a rough day. "Well, you could be THIS guy."

Job Security

My guess is that the war ended before he completed that task.

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