Engineering & Construction

Inventor Nikola Tesla: early 1900s

Inventor Nikola Tesla: early 1900s

Inventor Nikola Tesla portrait. Bain News Service, publisher. No date recorded on caption card. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Horse-Drawn Gravel Spreader: 1890s

Horse-Drawn Gravel Spreader: 1890s

Horse-drawn gravel spreader at Chickamauga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe vicinity, Catoosa, Georgia. Chickamauga was the location of a key Union defeat during the Civil War. Photo taken during initial construction of the park roads in the 1890s. Historic American Engineering Record Collection. LOC original medium: photographic print.

Catastrophic Failure: 1958

Catastrophic Failure: 1958

Rocket Propulsion Test Facility, Rocket Test Cell Building 202, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio. Test stand with damage to twenty-thousand-pound-thrust rocket engine related to failure during testing, September 16, 1958. On file at NASA Plumbrook Research Center, Sandusky, Ohio. Historic American Engineering Record. LOC original medium: photographic print.

Construction Carpenter: 1942

Construction Carpenter: 1942

From LOC: "A carpenter at the TVA's new Douglas dam on the French Broad River, Tennessee. This dam will be 161 feet high and 1,682 feet long, with a 31,600-acre reservoir area extending 43 miles upstream. With a useful storage capacity of approximately 1,330,000 acre-feet, this reservoir will make possible the addition of nearly 100,000 kw.

Building Liberty Ships: 1941

Building Liberty Ships: 1941

Shipbuilding, Liberty ships, 1941. In an abandoned freight car factory near the Atlantic coast, sections of sleek freighters for the merchant fleet are being prefabricated. Present rate of production is one a week. The men shown at work here believe they can increase that rate to one in six days. Howard Liberman, photographer for Office of War Information. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Locomotive Repair: 1943

Locomotive Repair: 1943

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway locomotive shop, Topeka, Kansas, 1943. Jack Delano, photographer. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection. LOC original medium: color transparency.

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