[Electric phosphate smelting furnace used in the making of elemental phosphorus in a TVA chemical plant in the Muscle Shoals area, Alabama] (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.

[Electric phosphate smelting furnace used in the making of elemental phosphorus in a TVA chemical plant in the Muscle Shoals area, Alabama]

[1942 June]

1 transparency : color.

Title and call number based on similarity to transparency USW36-10.
"K-479" on original transparency jacket.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945
Phosphate industry
United States--Alabama--Muscle Shoals

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection Lot 12002-36 (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a55007

Call Number: LC-USW36-10 A


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 16/Jan/2008 23:53:16

    Is this one of the two Nitrate plans built in Muscle Shoals as part of the Muscle Shoals Project authorized under the National Defense Act of 1916 and later rolled into the TVA?

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    glistening mine

    • 17/Jan/2008 00:37:50

    what a wonderful shot!

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    • 17/Jan/2008 01:44:23

    I think this was an early conceptualization of the Internet.

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    Bryson DeJong

    • 17/Jan/2008 03:49:02

    Indeed, its a series of tubes.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 13:37:14

    wow, great shot!

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    • 17/Jan/2008 14:42:47

    If this is one of the Muscle Shoal plants the govt built an entire dam just to provide the electricity for it

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    Engineer Z

    • 17/Jan/2008 17:32:17

    Safety equipment? Who needs hard hat and fire retardant clothing? That's for wimps...

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    HampusBovbjerg (.se)

    • 18/Jan/2008 10:05:21

    These images are so amazing

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    le cercle

    • 18/Jan/2008 13:26:21

    very interesting stuff!

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    bumpy coil

    • 18/Jan/2008 15:51:23

    Engineer Z, that's what amazed me. Sleeves rolled up, oxford shoes!

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    stupendous beginner

    • 24/Jan/2008 04:47:11

    Beautiful image!

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    Gussi Jons

    • 17/Feb/2008 03:56:21

    Fantastic :)

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    • 21/Jun/2008 18:13:24

    "This photograph is a WINNER!" Best of Flickr the BEST of Flickr!!!

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    • 09/Jul/2008 14:34:43

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Chemical factories, and we'd love to have this added to the group! I work for ICIS Chemical Business a trade magazine for the global chemicals industry. We are running a number of picture competitions over the next couple of months and your pictures could be printed in the magazine. Please submit any geotagged pictures of named chemical plants that you have.

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    • 21/Jul/2008 19:27:55

    This is a library of congress photo -- I'd like to know if this is dublin core cataloging. I am psyched to see this collection available through flickr. You librarians rock!

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    The Library of Congress

    • 22/Jul/2008 18:52:48

    garagesoap: Glad you like this photo. It's cataloged in the MARC format, which contains the data elements in the Dublin Core, as well as more. To see the MARC format catalog record, go to the persistent URL at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a55007, then go to the bottom of the screen and click on "View the MARC Record for this item."

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    educated start

    • 27/Oct/2008 04:54:13

    It would be interesting to know the power capacity through this unit, forget the hard hat, what about dielectric boots, yikes

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    • 05/Nov/2008 23:03:55

    beautiful photograph besides all the other things

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    • 29/Nov/2008 04:39:45

    Ishhhh...wonderful shot!..

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    • 03/Dec/2008 18:09:36

    This illustrates the beginning of 'conventional' chemical agricultural practices. Many of our non-organic based fertilizers were born from the spoils of war. Non- organic simply means that the fertilizer did not originate from a plant or animal.

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    • 30/Dec/2008 10:44:34

    This is unbelievable. The way Palmer uses light to show us every single detail of the scene in perfect clarity, though still maintaining an overall dark, industrial look makes my jaw drop.

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    • 31/Dec/2008 03:05:29

    Amazing photo. Cant believe how clear it is!

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    • 12/Jan/2009 11:42:25

    pictures like this is why i love flickr oh so much!

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    • 13/Jan/2009 23:46:34

    Librarians really do Rock -- just check out that list of tags! Amazing.

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    • 17/Jan/2009 21:34:10

    This image has been used in the indicommons.org post: Flickring across the Library of Congress indicommons.org badge

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    • 24/Feb/2009 01:38:39

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    shanda tackett

    • 13/Mar/2009 14:16:42

    Truly an artist ahead of his time.

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    • 22/Mar/2009 03:36:06

    Oh that's so neat. I hate to sound like a nerd, but it's so pretty that it almost looks like it should play music.

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    • 08/Apr/2009 15:25:33

    Great shot! Nominee Congratulations! Your pic becomes nominee of "Shield Of Excellence" Please add this photo to the Shield Of Excellence Group. Please be sure this is tagged "SOE"

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    tony dahlgren

    • 09/Apr/2009 17:06:08

    it is so amazingly detailed!

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    • 12/Apr/2009 17:20:13

    Amen Detail is exquisite.

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    • 14/Apr/2009 17:07:57

    awesome shot!

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    • 15/May/2009 14:13:16

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called My favorites pics, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 21/May/2009 16:36:03

    "Chauffe Marcel !!!... Chauffe !!!" "Et que ça saute !!!"

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    • 14/Jun/2009 03:23:11

    excellent shot

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    • 20/Jun/2009 02:20:05

    this Amazing Work deserves a Crown ! Royal Group (Post 1 - Give 2 Crowns) Royal Group, 16'000+ Flickers wear the Crown !

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    healthy club

    • 01/Jul/2009 00:17:27

    Nice :D

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    Inside Mind Patricio

    • 09/Jul/2009 02:48:36

    So impressive

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    • 19/Jul/2009 09:46:56

    totes kewl

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    • 06/Aug/2009 06:14:31

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Forno: ovens, kilns, furnaces & heaters, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    Zoom Lens

    • 27/Aug/2009 19:57:07

    Captures the real grittiness of this operation perfectly, doesn't it?

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    Zinaida Beaumont (Nous sommes Paris)

    • 06/Oct/2009 12:40:00

    Strange, beautiful picture

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    apolonia foto

    • 12/Oct/2009 15:12:07

    loved ur photo

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    • 12/Nov/2009 20:08:13

    Wow, interesting photo.

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    • 20/Nov/2009 19:29:57

    absolutely excellent!!!

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    A S RSD Q8( excuse 4 slow replies)

    • 09/Apr/2010 19:05:36

    nice and good information