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Unit IV, men at work

Unit IV, men at work [graphic] / photographs by Lewis Wickes Hine.
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940

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31 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w; 20 x 25 cm. or smaller on mounts 24 x 28 cm. or smaller in mats 28 x 37 cm.
  • Details.
  • Portraits.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Silver gelatin prints.
  • Title from calendar.
  • Some signed recto. Mounts stamped with unit and item numbers.
  • Number 16 is a variant of "Man with wrench" (also known as "Powerhouse mechanic"), Burden Collection, NYPL.
  • Numbered 1-31.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Reproduction (note)
  • consists of study prints.
Provenance (note)
  • Transferred from U.S. History Local History and Geneology Division, 1988; Gift of the Russell Sage Foundation Library, 1949.
1. Men at work -- 2. [Three men welding an iron beam, high above the city] -- 3. Riding the ball on Empire State Building -- 4. Steady! -- 5. Man... turning and directing a great derrick -- 6. Norfolk, Va. Fosburgh Lumber Co. -- 7. Norfolk, Va. Fosburgh Lumber Co., October, 1917 -- 8. [Telephone pole and line] -- 9. [mirror image of #8] -- 10. Braking a freight train -- 11. [Man standing at machine with disks and webbed belt -- 12. Regulating the big wheel in a tire factory -- 13. [Study of a section of photo #12] -- 14. [Study of a section of photo #12] -- 15. craftsman in wrought iron -- 16. More power to his arm -- 17. [Assembly line, man with pliers bends rounded parts] -- 18. [Precision tool making, worker is making close adjustments before pushing the piece against the lathe] -- 19. Man with micrometer measuring the steel shaft of a large machine... -- 20. [Workman replacing an empty shuttle with a full one in this power loom] -- 21. The "beamer" -- 22. Old-time wood carver -- 23. [Hands of a wood carver putting finishing touches on a Chippendale chair or table leg] -- 24. Glazer cutting pieces for a stain-glass window like those in the background -- 25. Two young boys learning the potter's trade -- 26. A "Big Brother" gaining the confidence of two first offenders -- 27. Asbestos worker -- 28. Workman with glasses and visored cap -- 29. [Man crushing faulty light bulbs for melting in the furnace] -- 30. Follow the gleam -- 31. [Miner in overcoat with cap and light].
Call Number
MFZ (Hine) 95-37
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer.
Unit IV, men at work [graphic] / photographs by Lewis Wickes Hine.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Photography Collection; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Indexed In:
Nos. 4, 5, 12, and 19 reproduced in Hine, Men at work, 1932 (Dover reprint, 1977).
Men working in building construction (including the Empire State Building), lumber industry, railroads, factories, textile industry, as wood carvers, glazers, and miners, in New York, Virginia, North Carolina, and other locations. Some images duplicate images in Unit I, part 2.
Milstein Division copy (AZ 19-239) consists of study prints.
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Research Call Number
MFZ (Hine) 95-37
AZ 19-239
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