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Old 08-10-2011, 07:17 AM   #1
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I know much of this film has been posted on the H.A.M.B. before, but I just got a chance to watch the complete piece last night and figured it needed to be featured together and on The Jalopy Journal. Essentially, it's a video essay on the power of t...

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Old 08-10-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
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It is amazing how hard and dangerous that work was. Those guys are toss heavy stuff around like it was nothing. They are surrounded by machines that can incenerate, smash, or shread a human in seconds. There had to have been some seriously horrific accidents.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:30 AM   #3
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Those guys knew their shit and weren't walking around stoned all the time like half the twenty-somethings today. Probably weren't as many accidents as you think.

I really liked the foundry work. It was cool seeing the red-hot crankshaft forgings going to be machined. And the huge presses stamping out roof panels, really cool. Must have been neat driving a freshly built car off the line.
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Those guys knew their shit and weren't walking around stoned all the time like half the twenty-somethings today. Probably weren't as many accidents as you think.

I really liked the foundry work.
Might be cool today, but I did it for 7 years and it sucked back in the 70's. Hot, dangerous, and more than one guy lost part of their limbs. Foundry work sucked back then!
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:41 AM   #5
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cool stuff.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:48 AM   #6
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That smelting progess looks pretty tough on the lungs. I was just thinking about what it must have smelled like being that close to the furnace. Probably wouldn't have any eyebrows or nose hair.
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:12 PM   #7
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Awesome video Ryan! I had never seen that before. I really liked the part when they were forging the crank shaft. Looked like you could lose a digit, or more, in that factory pretty quickly!
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:16 PM   #8
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I saved that video the first time I saw it.... thanks for featuring it!
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:34 PM   #9
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Waiting for the OSHA inspector to show up.

I hate those guys!!

Cool stuff from when Men were Men. Now most have no idea how to check the oil.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:11 PM   #10
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Might be cool today, but I did it for 7 years and it sucked back in the 70's. Hot, dangerous, and more than one guy lost part of their limbs. Foundry work sucked back then!
I mean I liked watching it; I'm sure it was hard work! I have been around some amateur aluminum casting and want to try it myself, maybe this will be the winter I do?
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:28 PM   #11
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Just think. Those guys were "Men of Steel" fighting WWII shortly thereafter.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:47 PM   #12
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Good old Master Hands - nice to see it in one hit - used to watch it in 4 sections via archive.org.

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Old 08-10-2011, 05:48 PM   #13
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Pretty incredible technology for the day.....
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I love the industrial videos of the day. Not one single fat guy in the bunch - these guys worked their asses off to produce a top-quality product. I agree, the forging of the crankshafts was great to watch.

Our country led the world in nearly everything that was good. We are an exceptional nation for a reason. It is extremely sad to see the industry that made us great, go away overseas.

And the musical score was played by...the Detroit Symphonic Orchestra. The music fit the movie perfectly.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:54 PM   #15
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Wow can you imagine what OSHA would do to a place like that in today's world?!
I got in trouble here at the dairy for not having a hose wrapped on a reel and not having do not enter signs around our shit pond....I mean come on.....you're an idiot if you don't know you should stay out of a dairy waste water pond! Lol
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:48 PM   #16
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Loved the video! And I can't stand the new world quality. There's a reason why I bought a craftsman built in 1912 and have a 53 Buick. Ok, my daily driver is a 81 BMW 320i.

We used to build things that would last a lifetime, now we just buy things (from China) made to last until we're tired of them.
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:17 PM   #17
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Damn, looking at that film, I can't help but be sad at just how much our country has lost over the decades.

We need to find some of the "old America" to save "today".
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:56 PM   #18
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Could not believe how automated their assembly processes were in 1936. Not too much different today, except the workforce seemed more skilled back then.
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:59 PM   #19
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"Sir, we are prepared to offer you the princely sum of Fifty-Two Cents per hour to rake lava. Of course, we offer the finest in safety accouterments, and upon your acceptance of this offer, you will receive your canvas gloves and over-size safety-eyeglasses. Please remit your reply by 3:30 A.M. to-morrow morn. Sincerely, Buick Motor-Cars, Detroit, Mich."

Here's an interesting article too. An actual quote - "And every once in a while somebody would disappear."

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/27/135635...ual-conditions
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:39 PM   #20
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Damn, looking at that film, I can't help but be sad at just how much our country has lost over the decades.

We need to find some of the "old America" to save "today".
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Thanks for the video Ryan!
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