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122707 Bethlehem Steel Lamp industrial mechanical drawing Steelers artifact folk art

122707 Bethlehem Steel Lamp industrial mechanical drawing Steelers artifact folk art

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122707  Lamp Bethlehem Steel industrial map drawing Steelers artifact folk art

map of  steel mill Steel Mill 

Dimensions: 40" x 8"   Base diameter is  11 1/2"

Illuminated by spiral wrapped16 feet of 110 volt L.E.D.  strip with controller for brightness control &  color selection.

The focal point of this piece is a machine copy on mylar (polyester) of a map from the Bethlehem Steel Corp.  Polyester (mylar) was used from the 1950s up until the advent of C.A.D. drawings. The original integrity of the drawing is intact. Magnets are used to secure the drawing as a “lampshade” to the frame constructed of  MIG welding wire spools. Unlike 99% of the drawings I recovered from the US Steel fire vault, this is one USS made a machine copy of the original hand drawing. 

This drawing was recovered from Johnstown, Pa. Bethlehem Steel plants, contractors and successors. Much of the steel mills are demolished but the oldest buildings are on the Historic Registry and preserved. 

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. It was painful to be on site as demolition took down my old customers buildings.

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, Bethlehem employed @25,000 employees between the mines and Steel Mills in the Johnstown, Pa region. 

The engineers designed, they & draftsmen drew the plans, skilled steelworkers fabricated rail cars for customers in Pittsburgh. and worldwide. They melted iron ore, converted it to steel, shaped it , rolled it and assembled the end products . 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 job.   I have attached  photos that roughly parallels the sequence of events that the drawing subject followed. Some 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!

____loc. made___

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