Kodachrome Gallery Showcases American Industry

Fortune magazine’s color photography display begins with three Burnham, Pa. steel workers in 1939 and ends with a 2002 shot of a billboard in Shanghai. It chronicles both the demise of Kodak's Kodachrome film and big changes in the U.S. economy.

Baldwin Locomotive, Standard Steel, S.S. Kresge Corp., White Motor Co., and Massey-Harris are some of the names of the companies shown in a Fortune magazine tribute to Kodachrome, now being phased out. Twenty images taken by Fortune photographers at industrial sites and workplaces since 1939 illustrate the vivid colors of Kodachrome photographs; several of these were never printed by the magazine. They also illustrate big changes in the U.S. economy and industrial workplaces: World War II aircraft and ammunition production lines are shown (with a female inspector depicted in the latter); three men fashion a steel railcar wheel in 1939, wearing no PPE except protective gloves; the great photographer Walker Evans laments with a 1955 photo the disappearance of familiar insignias on railroad boxcars.

Massey-Harris, now Massey Ferguson, dates to 1847 and is a tractor line still manufactured by AGCO Corp. S.S. Kresge Corp. is today’s Kmart. Standard Steel, LLC began in 1795; it still makes railcar and locomotive wheels and is still located in Burnham, Pa., where the initial photo in this collection was taken by Carl T. Johnston in 1939. White Motor Co., whose Cleveland, Ohio, truck assembly line is shown in a 1941 photo, made cars and later trucks from around 1900 until Volvo and two other companies bought it in 1980.

The online feature is titled “Kodachrome’s legacy of photos.”

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - May 2019

    May 2019

    Featuring:

    • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      Why Pick a PAPR? 
    • FIRE SAFETY TRAINING
      Fire Safety: Plan, Prevent, Train, Recover
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      The Truth About Heat Stress and FRC
    • AIHCE EXP 2019 PREVIEW
      Underestimated No More
    View This Issue