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K-162590 Lamp original mechanical United States Steel drawing Weirton industrial Steelers 195 vintage 1972

K-162590 Lamp original mechanical United States Steel drawing Weirton industrial Steelers 195 vintage 1972

Regular price $195.00 USD
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Sorry. This sold at the Heinz History Center 4-6-2024. Can I custom design something for you?  $TJL

 #K162590 Lamp - original hand drawn mechanical United States Steel drawing of equipment USS Johnstown , Pa made for Weirton industrial.  

Dimensions: 34 x 12"

The focal point of this piece is the original hand drawn pencil on Polyester (mylar) mechanical drawing from the United States Steel.  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 to the “lampshade” frame which are MIG welding wire spools and a PVC pipe spine. Complimented with a period mill drawing and Illuminated by 110 volt LEDs and cordset & LED controller.  Or for @ $9.00, you can buy an adapter on Amazon to use your smartphone to control it.  You can choose any LED color. 

This drawing was recovered from the drawing fire vault in the 1800s steel mill that eventually became U.S. Steel, Johnstown Works. U.S.S. sold the Johnstown plant in 1984.  It operated until @ 2019 when the HQ building was demolished with most of the mill.

That plant was the captive  "Job Shop"  that produced thousands of railcars , machines, and castings  for other US Steel plants and third-party customers around the world.

The process from design to metal fabrication is illustrated in the photos here.

 Along with the foundry patterns, I collected original photos of the plant and its products, and employees, plant documents and catalogs of the machines and rail cars the that patterns were used to build.

Dr. Zaborowski with the Digital Public Libralry of America has been working tirelessly to digitize much of the 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. End of an era.

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