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Salvage for Victory: 1942

Salvage for Victory: 1942

October 1942. " 'Salvage for Victory' campaign -- scrap and salvage depot in Butte, Montana." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Did Kodachrome come in a can?

Because there's a nice shiny new looking one towards the bottom.

Judging by the condition I would guess Mr Lee himself tossed it there just minutes before this was taken.

Maybe located a bit farther south

Not that it's so important, but I think that this scrapyard was located about 2 miles away, a bit south of the present-day intersection of Montana Street and I-15.

Other images from Russell Lee's Butte scrapyard tour show the Trevillion Monument Company building to the south (based on shadows) of the scrap pile, across a curved stretch of single-line railroad track. Trevillion is still in business at 2400 S. Montana Street. Not sure if it was always there, but the curved railroad line is in the right place.

There are some houses in the background here, and a row of ramshackle homes in the Trevillion image, too. I couldn't match anything up, and places change, but here's about where I think this was: Go a little to the north and you can see the mountain:

Pacific Steel and Recycling now

This is the closest I could get while still showing a bit of the mountains in the background.

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