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    [QUOTE=Hans Pearson;121271]It is a Boeing 337 Stratocruiser. The lower deck was also used as a lounge/bar for passengers. The first 337 flew on 8 July 1947 and production continued until 1 February 1950. In all, about 55 were built and the aircraft was a hybred using the wings and tail unit from the Boeing B-29 Super Fortress. The aircraft had a rather bad name as the steel formed propellers used on some models were inclined to shed blades with severe consequences. Main customers were PanAm, United Air Lines, Northwest Air Lines, American Overseas Air Lines and BOAC.
    This photo was probably a promotional shot with air hostesses from the first customer airlines and would have been taken prior to completion of the first aircraft.

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    Workers grinding drills at the Republic Drill and Tool Company. Chicago, Illinois, 1942.

    This awesome find hits on a lot cylinders for work crew photos we love: the machines, the era, the WWII propaganda, the old tool company, the uniforms, the hair, the smiles, the sparks, the workers so serious about their jobs, the enormous fullsize photos, the link to a large collection of related photos from an official source. Spent a good bit of time this morning basking in these beautiful photos!

    Some picks:

    Fullsize photo: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h..._fullsize1.jpg


    Fullsize photo: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h..._fullsize2.jpg


    Fullsize photo: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h..._fullsize3.jpg


    Fullsize photo: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h..._fullsize4.jpg


    Fullsize photo: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h..._fullsize5.jpg


    Many more similar photos in the Library of Congress collection here, and they have enormous 100MB+ fullsize TIF files: Search Results: "LOT 1982" - Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress)

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    Outstanding find Jon! Fitting on all counts...I went through them all on the LoC site. Looks like a lot of them were scanned 1900ppi. I'll have a look at one of the 100mb tiffs I liked!
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    crack that whip!!every min counts...... my grand parents ran a pencil factory in cali(oravillaI think) mom worked there when she was in HS .everybody had quotas, noisey as hell, you made extra $$ for going over your quota, but they had to be full boxes. so you made a box or 2 more short then a box short a few for the next day to ensure a good day....

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    Nice old photos for the Muskgrave Pencil Company in Shelbyville TN. This was on google images not sure I should post but like the image.

    WWII vintage
    Vintage work crew photos-muskgrave_pencil_company_wwii.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJs View Post
    Nice old photos for the Muskgrave Pencil Company in Shelbyville TN. This was on google images not sure I should post but like the image.

    WWII vintage
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    TOO LATE; I HIT IT RIGHT AWAY. Pictures are good, but for me real impact is essay by what is likely a Musgrave descendant, definitely not some takeover hooligan. The original proprietor saw opportunity and seized them, or suspended old work for a long lived company. That should guarantee protection from 2nd rate imports.
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    ...I'm an old pencil tragic...Dixon Ticonderoga for me. #s 2,2.5, and 3 do the trick. First got into them writing triplicate carbon invoices (remember those?) in the family timber yard in Calif in the 60's. Now I have to order online and pay stupid postage...and the Mexican build quality is a bit hit and miss these days, leads not concentric to outer makes for an unbalanced point. Just the other week, the grandson (12) asked me, 'Grampy, how come you use so many pencils?'...I sent him home with a few and a sharpener..cheers guys

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    It is unfortunate to see pencils going the way of the typewriter. Kids are not even taught how to write in school anymore.

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    Too true! Campbell (grandson) likes his pencils with erasers and has been showing them off at school.. the teacher was confused, but then decided he was quite right and gave a lesson about writing instruments. So hope is not lost! At least not in in Young, NSW (pop 12,000). Cheers
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    I've no kids, but mentored 100's. Few related with writing instruments as means to furnish a document.
    Worse yet, less carried pen and paper to record salient thoughts.
    It doesn't end there! Maybe ten of the lot could sketch out a visualization. All ten participated in Dean Kamen/ Woodie Flowers program called FIRST Robotics.

    It's hard figuring out where success of the STEM [Science Technology Engineering Mathematics] program levels the field. If means to convey original ideas depends on digital access; which cannot be equally distributed to all, little real progress has been made! Who decides those more deserving, better suited, easier to reach?
    Is the educational goal of integration unintentionally broadening its own segregation?
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