New Deal imagery

Between 1935-1944, the United States Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) undertook the largest photography project ever sponsored by the federal government. In order to build support for and justify government programs of the New Deal, the Historical Section within the Information Division of the Resettlement Administration set out to document America, often at … Continue reading

Mesker designing is practical!

File this under ‘miscellaneous.’ In the 1940s, the engineers of Geo. L. Mesker Steel Corp. developed a design for outdoor drive-in theatre screen supports, a clear by-product of the company’s structural steel fabrication. The “A” frame supports were fabricated from rolled steel structural shapes (not pressed steel sections); were of shop-riveted construction (not welded); and intended … Continue reading

Lace ’em up!

In the 1940s, a progressive skating rink operator would be wise to “consider a skating rink with 100% floor space, with stability and live-long qualities, requiring a minimum of repairs – and obtainable at a minimum price.” Or so were the hopes of Geo. L. Mesker Steel Corporation which offered just such a product. Although … Continue reading