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Winter Wonderland: 1941

Winter Wonderland: 1941

January 1941. "Industrial area around New Bedford, Massachusetts." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

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Fill 'er up!

My father used to say men would eat beans and sit on top and fill them up. As a young boy, it sounded possible, and was reinforced one day when we happened to drive by a gasometer and men were sitting on the top. They were probably painting the structure or performing maintenance, but we happened to catch them on a break.

New Bedford Edison Gas & Light

These are the gas holders for the New Bedford Edison Gas & Light power station, today called the Cannon Street Power Station.

The gas holders are visible in these photographs:

And especially here, note the dark band near the base:

The buildings and smokestacks don't quite line up, however. But note the Fairhaven Bridge over industrialized Fish and Popes Islands in the aerial photographs. There's nothing else like it in New Bedford, and the power plant is between the bridge and the open sea.

New Bedford suffered badly in the 1938 hurricane and many factories were damaged. Some were demolished. We may be looking towards what is today the Boa Vista public housing project, across the New York, New Haven & Boston rail yards that became the JFK Memorial Highway.

Bleak and bleaker

This photo probably looks bleaker in color than it would in black and white.


A gasometer in living color!

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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