Smoke stacks (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.

Smoke stacks


1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945
Industrial facilities

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-28 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-373


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    Lynne Hand

    • 17/Jan/2008 19:08:18

    Before anyone was worried about climate change or global warming. -- I saw this on your photo stream. (?)

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    • 18/Jan/2008 16:09:07

    great perspective

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    • 19/Jan/2008 02:56:31

    Wow, sweet picture! I hate myself for liking it.

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    • 19/Jan/2008 23:53:42

    this reminds me of sahauro cactus in southern Arizona, and of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument _ even if it IS an odd association to make.

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    • 27/Jan/2008 21:22:15

    Why hate yourself? "Ugly" things can make good compositions. As an image, it is about the lines and forms interacting visually. "Smoke stacks" were a sign of progress from the 19th century well into the 20th century. If the clouds are mostly white, it is probably steam and not pollution, although if you are worried about global warming, non-nuclear power plants may be a concern. Great association with the saguaro. Not odd at all, since the stacks resemble the cactus...a solid observation seeing the photograph as more than just a document but as a creative work.

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    m hoek

    • 23/Feb/2008 14:55:06

    beautiful shot.

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    ben oït

    • 19/Sep/2008 20:17:45

    incredible modern picture

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    • 06/Oct/2008 18:27:10

    it's oddly beautiful.

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    Cane Hill Mad!

    • 19/Dec/2008 17:34:07

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called abandoned buildings and such, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 01/Apr/2010 22:14:33

    There is no such thing as man made global warming.

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    • 20/Oct/2020 20:29:24

    Absolutely beautiful. The look of a thorough beat-down of Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo in-progress.