Etna PA

Carnegie-Illinois Steel Mill
Nov. 1941. Etna, Pennsylvania. “Blast furnaces and ore at the Carnegie-Illinois Steel mills.”

The wonderful aspect of this type of photography is the details. In my opinion, modern digital photography lacks the depth. Click here and see some amazing details. This is from a 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by United States Office of War Information photographer Alfred Palmer via Shorpy.com.

Carnegie-Illinois Steel Mill 11
Another Kodachrome transparency from Palmer of Carnegie-Illinois Steel Mill, Etna, PA.

Click here to see an amazing close up via Shorpy.com.

A collection of black and white photography from U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information photographer John Vachon.

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The Ghosts of Bethlehem

Over the next several weeks I am going to write a bit more about Bethlehem Steel and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (and eventually Bethlehem Steel aka Lackawanna Steel, Buffalo, NY) because so much of this Bethlehem’s story is unknown outside the area. For now I will simply say, that at its manufacturing height, Bethlehem Steel Corporation was the United States’ second-largest steel […]

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Chasing smokestacks

The wonderful part of my job and professional life is that I am free to chase smokestacks. It is not that these monoliths to American history, ingenuity and industry are running but so often I am. About five years ago my life changed and I took two weeks at the end of March and drove […]

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