We all do it. We run across a photo that get’s us ‘cranked up’ .. and then loose it. Even if we remember where we saw it we forget where exactly. A good example being Shorpy. So. I’m going to put up what I find ‘inspirational’ .. and link to it so I don’t lose it later.

One of the cool things about Shorpy is the comments section. When appropriate I’ll swipe some of the comments below.

Upward Mobility: 1908
Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1908. “Mount Adams Incline.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

The large building at top left is the home of Rookwood Pottery founded around 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer. The building was built in the early 1890’s and is still standing, used as a bar and restaurant.– The Big Dog

The trolleys on the incline elevators were regular streetcars — they rolled off their tracks onto the incline platforms then rolled off at the top and continued their trip, and vice versa. The suspension went below grade to make the tracks level with the ground, the passengers never left the vehicle. Also horse and wagons were allowed on some of them in between trolleys, and we today think we are so smart, they were ingenious and no computers either. – dosterloh

National Tube Works: 1910
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1910. “Furnaces, National Tube Works.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

From King’s Handbook of New York City, 1892.

The National Tube Works Company, the New-York office of which is at 160 Broadway, conducts one of the gigantic industries of the country.

The product includes every variety of wrought-iron pipe, boiler-tubes, pipes or tubes used for artesian, salt, oil or gas wells, rods and columns used in mining, grate-bars, hand-rails, telegraph poles, gas and air-brake cylinders, drill-rods, Converse patent lock-joint, wrought iron kalameined and asphalted pipe for water and gas works mains and trunk lines, and locomotive and stationary injectors.

An important branch of manufacture is that of sap pan iron, kalaineined and galvanized sheet iron, cold rolled iron and steel sheets, and corrugated and curved sheets, for roofs and ceilings. Another speciality is the celebrated “Monongahela” brand of Bessemer, mill and foundry pig-iron.

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