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Hot Jobs: 1941

Hot Jobs: 1941

January 1941. "At one of the rolling machines in the Washington Tinplate Company. Washington Pennsylvania." Acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

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Actor John Barrymore was famous for his striking profile. I think this guy's profile qualifies him for Shorpy's Handsome Rake gallery. I hope he had a happier life than Barrymore.

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The men on the bench were called lever men. It was so hot to be working near the molten steel they could only work there for twenty minute at a time, their team rotated on and off. I had a similar job in a steel mill it was so hot that one day my work pants had grease on them and they caught on fire. It was a great incentive to work my way through college.

Look Ma, no safety gear.

No eye protection, no hard hat. And I bet those gloves are made out of asbestos. Good luck with all that!

[There is a chunk of asbestos covering his shoe. - Dave]

Prank with apprentice

Guys in background: "We told him that's the way to do it. Watch and laugh!"
Of course not, but watching them I couldn't resist.

Release the Kraken

What an extraordinary picture. That thing looks like it came up from the depths of Davy Jones' Locker.

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