Sunday, May 04, 2008

A little industrial photography

Sorry I haven't been around lately ... not much to take pictures of, unless you like artsy photos of me working in the backyard, or trying to fix a gutter.

And frankly, I'm not that a good ... a photographer, though I'm not that good at home maintenance, either.

Though an opportunity came up to take some neat industrial photos, and I jumped at the chance. I belong to a group called the Society for Industrial Archeology, and it's made up of folks like me who like to poke around old factories and industrial sites. We're amateur historians (I lost my professional status when I got laid off from the museum I worked at), and we just like a part of history that is often ignored or completely forgotten. America's industrial heritage.

So my local chapter got to take a tour of a small company that stamps out all sorts of things. It's been around since before World War Two (earlier, I think), and it's a neat little factory in an old part of town. Best of all, they let us wander pretty freely for hours, and TAKE ALL THE PHOTOS WE WANT!! That never happens ... so I brought my camera along and snapped away.

Here's some of the highlights:

Caution Safety Glasses


11000 lbs per shelf


Dale Junior


Endless Shelves


Non-Conforming Material


Stampings


More Stampings


Even More Stampings



Maybe I'm an oddball ... but I find beauty in industrial settings ... you just gotta look.


4 comments:

Phantom Midge said...

My fav is Endless Shelves. I could see me putting that one up on a wall.

Of course, I also dig the "Non-conforming Metal"...stickin' it to the man!;-)

Trapped in Paradise, Ca said...

Great pics - thanks for sharing! I too LOVE the endless shelves and also the stampings. They would be great in my office!

Phantom Midge said...

Dude, you are, like, seriously neglecting your blog...where are your priorities?! ;-p

butterfly valve said...

Great pictures! You really have that eye. great stuff. I like endless shelves as well. keep shooting! :)