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Blue Island: 1943

Blue Island: 1943

April 1943. Blue Island, Illinois. "John Kelseh, blacksmith, at his forge in the blacksmith shop at the roundhouse, Rock Island R.R." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Salt of the Earth

God bless that guy and the legions of Americans like him.

New gloves

My summer job was outdoor work around a factory about 100 miles north of Blue Island, and we treasured our new leather work gloves. We might get two pairs a summer. They were stiff and clumsy when new, but they worked their way into a great suppleness as the summer wore on.

Bottom Line

Says it all. This is one great photo. Blacksmith with time clock and cards in the background...Old School.

Wearmaster

Looks like his gloves are "wearmaster" brand? I did a quick search and I'm not sure if the brand is still around. Anyone know?

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