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    In 1927 photographer/artist Charles Sheeler was given the commission of his professional life--
    6 weeks photographing the newly opened Ford River Rouge plant. 1100 acres and 16,000 machine tools

    Sheeler was instructed by the ad agency to include "only buildings and machinery" --
    if possible, no workers. Sheeler knew better-- industrial scale is understood when workers are in the picture.
    And the message conveyed by the pressman whose spine is permanently radiused from decades of labor
    over a stamping machine.

    the original photographic set Sheeler handed to Edsel Ford, FoMoCo president, has been lost

    these images have been referenced a number of times in PM forum

    here is a look at some of what survives


    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7cy...gwekFTSW8/edit

    jh

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHOLLAND1 View Post
    And the message conveyed by the pressman whose spine is permanently radiused from decades of labor
    over a stamping machine. jh
    jh. Thanks, nice old photos. The "pressman" is a good one, but did you notice he seems to be holding a flexible shaft-driven tool, possibly a grindstone? He may be a tool and die man doing a little 'easing'. I suppose they may have given the press operator a grinder to do a second operation (remove a little burr on each part) but I reckon he would be too busy for that?

    ps I too am glad he included a few workers, they usually add a lot more interest.

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    Very cool - thank youi

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    I would like to have all those photos framed on a wall.
    gettyimages-514699596-594x594.jpgThis is an old photo of the tool and die room.
    it doesn't compare in quality of J. Hollands pics but I was impressed by its size. It may have been the largest toolroom ever. I believe 1940's era.


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