In 1917 Barney Cohen was the Chief State Factory Inspector for the State of Illinois and as such issued an annual report. continue reading
This 1930 photo shows the wood shop at International Harvester’s Chatham Works in Ontario, Canada. Here they manufactured, finished and assembled wooden wagon components. continue reading
This shop existed in a building constructed in 1871 but was destroyed in a 1900 fire. The first floor of the Mechanical Building and Drill Hall was the woodshop, while the second floor was home to military drills.
The State School for the Deaf in Delavan, Wisconsin was incorporated by the state in 1852 after beginning as a private institution. The curriculum included academic, vocational, and domestic training which was free for “all deaf and dumb residents”.
A familiar story of urban school buildings: built post-World War I in an elegant, symmetrical style using architectural details to emulate the places of learning in higher education. Over time, the neighborhood changes and so the class pictures become a sociological record of demographic shifts.
Often when engaged in a task, I think that there must be a simpler way than mine. Then later on at a random time I’ll come across some information that makes me think it will eventually be useful to me.