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Brick Work: 1916

Brick Work: 1916

1916. "Brick yard below Mount Vernon." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

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Ignatz would like this one.

Best of Both Worlds

"Beats working in an office all day".

Brickyards of N. Virginia

If there is one thing there is lots of in Northern Virginia, it is clay...and bureaucrats.

Little did they know

Our newspaper print shop still ran a Merganthaler Linotype machine in the early 1970s. It had plenty of open gears and chains on it. A newly-minted OSHA inspector came around one day and ordered us to paint a thick yellow line around the the clanking beast. Said he, "The women may get caught in it." Little did he know that when the Linotype revolutionized printing in the 1880s, the first operators were women.

Watch the fingers please

It never ceases to amaze me how unnecessarily dangerous life use to be.
I wonder how many fingers and worse were lost to unguarded chains and gears.

Speakin' of purty assistants...

"Heck, Clem, your assistant's built like a brick outhouse."
"Shoot, Ezra, my assistant IS a brick outhouse!"

Kiln Time

"If ah had me summa them purty girl lab assistants, mebbe I'd git me a comment or two!"

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