Feb 21, 2019 - Sale 2499

Sale 2499 - Lot 275

Price Realized: $ 4,375
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Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
A charming workplace study, with 27 candidly-shot employee portraits, photographed at the Timken Roller Bearing Company during WWII.
Each featuring a happy laborer at their workstation, nearly all openly displaying their photographic employee I.D. badges. Including 8 photographs of female workers, a few bearing resemblance to "Rosie the Riveter," and a number of workmen with dirtied dungarees and oil-stained overshirts. Silver prints on carte-postale paper, the images measuring approximately 3 1/2x5 1/2 inches (8.9x14 cm.), nearly all with the printed caption "Working for Victory at Timken," and most with the subject's name and some with a playful comment such as "Sweetheart of Dept. 78" or "Old timer, 30 yr. on the job," in pencil or ink, on verso. Circa 1944

Additional Details

Production of Timken bearings was increased dramatically during WWII. The company supplied bearings directly to Jeep, who used 24 Timken bearings in each of their U.S. Models. With 660,000 Jeeps provided to the United States Army, Timken manufactured approximately 15.8 million bearings throughout the war.