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57651 Clock vintage Repurposed U.S. Steel foundry Pattern Pittsburgh Folk art

57651 Clock vintage Repurposed U.S. Steel foundry Pattern Pittsburgh Folk art

Regular price $75.00 USD
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Sorry. This sold at the Heinz History Center 4-6-2024. Can I custom design something for you?

#57651 Clock Repurposed U.S. Steel foundry  pattern, working clock 

Dimensions: 14 x 13 x 5"

Weight:  3#

Free pick up in Johnstown, Pa.

Over the years, I salvaged a large inventory of painted patterns from my customers at US Steel and also natural wood patterns from Bethlehem Steel. We had both mills here in Johnstown. If you would like a pattern in the raw to use as decor or to create furniture or sculpture, we have many to choose from. They range in size from the size of a pop can to a rowboat.

Interior designers, architects, makers & builders can easily spend a day perusing the inventory.

I discount for quantity.  

Along with the Drawings, I collected original photos of the plant and its products, and employees, plant documents and catalogs of the machines and rail cars they build. I also took my own photos of the plants before and during demolition.

Dr. Zaborowski with the Digital Public Library of America, has lent her time and expertise to digitize much of the drawings and ephemera for posterity. So, if you like further connection to these works, visit:



 In its' heyday, USS Johnstown Works employed @1400+ workers. The engineers designed and drew the plans along with a pool of draftsmen. They melted iron ore, converted it to steel, shaped it, rolled it. Expert carpenters made the wood patterns for the foundry pieces they poured.  Then skilled steelworkers fabricated and assembled machines, industrial railroad and minecars. They shipped the final products to sister US Steel plants and third-party customers in Pittsburgh, nationally and worldwide.

  When the jobs went overseas, they left their clothes, gear, old spice and girly calendars in their lockers and walked away from their family sustaining jobs.    I have attached  photos that roughly parallels the sequence of events that the drawing subject followedSome I shot & some are vintage that I purchased. I spent 16 years servicing the mills and mines as a Westinghouse  representative. The last 4 photos are me in my time on the job and later salvaging remnants of my customers as they faded into rustbelt brownfields.

These are remnants of Big Steel that remind us why the Pittsburgh football team is called STEELERS!


United States Steel Corporation, more commonly known as U.S. Steel, is an American integrated steel producer headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with production operations primarily in the United States of America and in Central Europe. The company produces and sells steel products, including flat-rolled and tubular products for customers in industries across automotive, construction, consumer, electrical, industrial equipment, distribution, and energy. Operations also include iron ore and coke production facilities.[2]

Once the largest steel producer and largest corporation in the world, (after the Mafia re: The Godfather Part II) It was the eighth-largest steel producer in the world in 2008. By 2022, the company was the world's 24th-largest steel producer and the second-largest in the United States behind Nucor Corporation. Though renamed USX Corporation in 1986, the company was renamed United States Steel in 2001 after spinning off its energy business, including Marathon Oil, and other assets, from its core steel concern.

Pending regulatory and shareholder approval, US Steel is set to be acquired by Nippon Steel, Japan's largest steel producing company, for US $14.1 billion. The deal, announced in mid-December 2023, retains US Steel's name and headquarters in Pittsburgh.


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