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    Boys working in a mill in Massachusetts - 1912
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    I've a long standing fixation on what must be inside different toolrooms, which translates to what mine should reflect. For the entry way, I have a great deal of visual history, somewhat like the "Black & White" thread here. All manner of machines and product, people a distant third.
    Photo above I realize, and others like it, deserve space as well representing changes in work environments.

    Textile industry is a non-topic for our family, having lost three dear girls in the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, March 25, 1911.
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    The tallest lad appears looking to his left: may be the boss is giving them the hurry up look.
    Bare Feet! Help feed the family.

    I was lucky that as a child, I chose to work before & after school; whereas my dad had to miss school (& I didn't really appreciate schooling).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captn Roy View Post
    Hmm, I see 1 welder & 2 cutters. Anyone else see the same? Have a look at the helmets, Says volumes. Oh and the woman on the right is sure as _ell gonna learn what the one in the center would have learned at one time or another. The 6" cuff on her pants gives that lesson away. Some even learn to tie their boots up proper real quick also! Women or men makes no difference at all. We all seem to burn up pretty much the same. No big gender differences there. Yup! Bit of red hot slag slides down a slightly open boot or into a rolled up cuff and one gets to learning real, real quick. Oh ya and all the while looking around to see who's watching your silliness.
    Could it be they are brazing? I only see one hand on the torch

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    Fixing a sewer break in Seattle, Washington. 1923.

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    Fixing a sewer break in Seattle, Washington. 1923.

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    A mate of mine was a sewer guy & said it was a crappy job. To try to equal his comment I told him I had hundreds of people under me in my job and it was in the dead centre of town etc etc etc as told by all grave diggers.

    He did also tell me of a pencil willow that had its roots in the sewer main & they had to cut it into 6metre segments to remove the 18 metre+ main root which clogged the full diameter of the pipe.

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    I think that's the crew that's working on a sewer here in town right now. They have had 2 and 3 of the 4 lanes of the street closed for over 3 weeks now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieL View Post
    I think that's the crew that's working on a sewer here in town right now. They have had 2 and 3 of the 4 lanes of the street closed for over 3 weeks now.
    Hard to believe a mere 92 years ago, leaning on idle shovels had yet to be developed. Even the 12 pound sledges are unattended. There are some practiced bystanders.
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    Ok we've isolated the problem let's head over to Frank's café for lunch and discuss how we are going to repair it over a cup of coffee and a slice of Apple pie.
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