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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Jones & Laughlin: 1941

Jones & Laughlin: 1941

January 1941. "Steelworkers of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, waiting for a bus to go home at the end of the afternoon shift." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

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Gridiron greats

I never hear Aliquippa without thinking of Tony Dorsett and Mike Ditka.

Good dressers

The crazy thing here is that coming away from a job like that, they're dressed as well or better than most people going to church these days.

Steel and Football

Aliquippa's main industry today is football. "Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town" is the engaging story of how steel built the town and how football has sustained it since the 1980s.

Next-door to Ambridge

Many photos of Ambridge (named for the American Bridge Company) have appeared on Shorpy.

J&L closed in the mid-‘80s, and the city has lost about two-thirds of its population.

My connection: I used to ride the 16A Ambridge bus to my job in Pittsburgh.

Ravaged

Given the vicissitudes of working in a steel plant back in the day, these guys are probably in their early 40s at most.

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