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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