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The Night Air: 1941

The Night Air: 1941

January 1941. "Jones and Laughlin Steel Company. Beehive coke ovens. Aliquippa, Pennsylvania." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Jerusalem

Looks like one of Blake's "dark Satanic mills".

Reality Show

This was a major form of entertainment for us kids of the 1940s; occasionally after sunset, our parents would herd us into our pre-war Studebaker and drive to one of the steel mills around Pittsburgh for a show of beehive coke ovens being emptied, a Bessemer converter in full blow, or mill trains dumping hot slag, all quite spectacular!

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