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    I remember having to smack the side of the Sears Silvertone B&W tv to keep the picture and I think the Indian head on the test pattern would not be allowed today...

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    We had an Admiral TV set in the mid 50's; probably when I was about 6 or 7 yrs old.
    2 knobs; Vol and Channel. I think there were more controls, but we were advised to never touch them.
    I recall the test patterns as well........meant the end of the telecasting day.
    Of all the ads on TV at that time, I remember the Hamms bear and the jingle "From the land of sky-blue waters" I see that it's on YouTube, but of course with a lot of other ads.
    One time, my sisters and I were doing some "crazy dancing" in the living room and pushed the set into the wall. As the narrow end of the CRT tube was sticking out quite a bit beyond the cabinet, it caught the brunt of the push, and was effectively disabled.
    I was surprised my Dad didn't really get upset; as that would've been his normal reaction. Couple weeks later, back on.

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    Cotton mill workers. Indianapolis, IN. August, 1908.

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    Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Co. workers. Detroit, MI. November, 1903.

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    The lamps seem out of place...

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    I've often wondered how they got enough light to work back in Ye Olden Days. Skylights are great, but in this case, they only run down the center of the shop. And the gaslights I'm sure aren't very bright or task-oriented. Those back benches must have been especially bad. Miner's lights, maybe?

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    Reminds me of my father telling me how Ford changed the lighting in the first week after taking over Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd in Swathling, Southampton.

    The plant was originally an aircraft factory owned by Owen-Cunliffe Aviation at the Southern end of Southampton (Eastleigh) Airport that Brigg's bought to supply Ford in 1949, Pre WWII Owen-Cunliffe built aircraft, during they were part of the Supermarine Spitfire supply chain shadow factory network in addition to aircraft servicing and airframe investigation, including German aircraft (photo's online {https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/145437-trying-to-identify-heinkel-111-at-eastleigh} including a damaged Heinkel among damaged Hurricanes show just how few incandescent lamps were hung in the buildings).

    When Ford took over in 1953 the high hung poor lighting which left many dark areas where a worker could hide (and sleep) was replaced with lower hung florescent tubes in 4 tube bays end to end length ways over the entire factory floor and no more than 10 feet apart across the width, now the entire workspace was brightly lit. Ford also installed high level walk ways, most enclosed with shuttered later mirrored windows, so management could walk unseen to monitor the workers below, performance of time and motion studies being high on Fords agenda. The factory was closed in 2013 with Ford chasing EU subsidies and cheaper labour moving production mainly to Turkey, with the buildings being demolished by the end of 2017.

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    I was wondering what they are making so I went online to find:
    Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Co. - History | VintageMachinery.org
    Very interesting; they are the forerunners to Cadillac.

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