Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Moloch




WILLIAM PAPE, Waterbury, 1918: "Our industries might be gathered into the grasp of giant corporations whose controlling spirits, destitute alike of local affiliations and decency of sentiment, would cold-bloodedly close down many factories on the ground that Waterbury was not a logical site for an industry."

PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL: These turbines stand at the head of the factory shed where American Copper & Brass made pipe. The Naugatuck River, thirty of forty feet beyond the back wall, drove these turbines which animated machines the size of railroad cars and men by the train-load. The river has been unplugged. The trains are gone.

6 comments:

Ginnie said...

The things you find to photograph, Ted, blow my mind. I've never seen anything like this!

flutietootie said...

Wow. It must have taken a lot of people to operate such a large noisy machine like that. It makes me appreciate the advances in technology.

Ted Roth said...

I've been traveling away from my computer. Sorry for the delay in posting.

Ginnie - This factory in Waterbury was a great find. These turbines are no longer in use, but they still make quite a show.

Flutoo - A floutist, no doubt? I used to play soprano and tenor recorders. Thanks for stopping by. The machines in the picture actually drove all the other machines in the factory. I suspect all water powered facilities required lots of maintenance. Alas, the advances you refer to are not creating jobs here, but industry certainly has come a long way.

Trotter said...

Impressive!!

Tim said...

Great photo and impressive!

Ted Roth said...

Trotter and Tim - Thanks for visiting. I'm heading off to see what you've been up to.