This is a picture of a worker clocking in at a Youngstown steel mill about one hundred years ago. Of course the original is black and white. I know that I am supposed to appreciate b/w photography but somehow it just lacks depth to me. This pic need some focus so I gave the worker an orange coat and a slight halo. He is now without a doubt the focus of the shot.
This shot was taken in the Youngstown Historical Center a while back. Whenever I look at it I seem to zero in on the face I circled for this post. I don’t know why but I would like to see more about him….
Youngstown, OH – Creativity
Lets look at another pic from my Youngstown Historical Center visit. It isn’t immediately obvious what you are looking at so I will explain it. Working in the steel mills is dirty business so when the workers started their shifts they changed out of the street clothes into their work clothes. The mill owners didn’t want to spend the money for lockers so the above system was implemented. A chain with a basket attached was used to store the clothes and then raised to the ceiling and locked into place. Another sign of American ingenuity.
Youngstown, OH – The Mill
Steel mills were an important part of the Industrial Age of a century ago and Youngstown was very much a part of the legacy. If you are ever in the area I would highly encourage you to spend some time touring this facility. It tells a story of a very important part of the heart of America…
Youngstown, OH – Steel Town
Let’s spend this week on ISOA looking at one historical center. This is a picture of a picture found in the Youngstown Historical Center of the conditions in the shantytowns that were close to almost any steel mill of a century ago. I can’t imagine having to live in such filthy conditions.
Youngstown, OH – All the faces…
I am visiting Youngstown one final time to give you this picture of some of the workers there from a century ago. One of my hobbies is taking snapshot of these type pictures and trying to imagine what was in the minds of each individual shown. These guys formed a big part of what we know as America today…
Youngstown, OH – The time clock
Most workers in the Youngstown mills likely worked six days a week and lived in company provided housing. I don’t think anyone of today in American would begin to put up with the conditions these guys faced.
Youngstown, OH – Steel Mill Safety
While they were much more dangerous than today the steel mills of the Youngstown days were not without concerns for safety.