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The Crucible: 1920

The Crucible: 1920

Circa 1920. "Bureau of Mines, Department of Interior, Washington." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.


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I could positively eat this young man with a spoon.

[Or maybe a shovel. - Dave]


When I first glanced at the photo, I thought the guy was toasting marshmallows.

Why is it glowing?

"What did you say this stuff is called Dr. Oppenhiemer? Uranium? Well yes, I did notice my hands glowing last night. Do I plan on having children someday? Yes, why do you ask? Who is my next of kin?"

Lab Test

The same Corning ceramic crucibles. The same basic oven, though I don't remember the brand. The same tongs. This could be a quality control laboratory at Tennessee Eastman in the late 1950's when I started work there. We used this equipment to determine percent ash on photographic chemicals and other chemicals from production. We had learned to wear gloves and protective glasses by then.


Good thing there's a date for this, albeit approximate. You could Fark that guy out and stick him in a 1950s, even up to mid-1960s shot and nobody'd notice.

[I just found an exterior shot from the batch of photos showing cars with 1920 license plates, so I've changed "circa 1910-1915" to 1920. - Dave]

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