Museum of Industry

Esskay Meat Products

In 1858 William Schluderberg founded a meat processing and packing company which later became known as Esskay with the 1919 merger between Schluderberg and Thomas J. Kurdle. It's a simple name formed from the initials of the owners' last names (S-K). The company has been mainly known for hams, lunch meats, hot dogs and the likes. I located a few of their vintage packing crates in the Museum of Industry during my visit there some months ago.

Esskay Meat Products
Esskay Meat Products

Unrelated to the topic of this post but noticeable are a few sacks of Domino Sugar.

A B&W version is offered below.

Esskay Meat Products - B&W
Esskay Meat Products - B&W

Now I'll be the first to admit that I don't know a thing about meat processing, but I certainly hope that advancements in machinery have advanced beyond this old meat grinder I found standing nearby. :-)

Meat Grinder
Meat Grinder

For some reason I really like this one in B&W. Your results may vary. :-)

Meat Grinder - B&W
Meat Grinder - B&W

Okay, meat grinders of the day were interesting to say the least. But what about this chopper (for lack of a better term) below?

Meat Chopper
Meat Chopper

The devices of the day may have looked a little crude but at least there is no actual meat being processed in the picture. :-)

Meat Chopper - B&W
Meat Chopper - B&W

Have a great day!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

1931 Ford

In a previous post we had a look back in time at a vintage horse-drawn wagon from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Today, we revisit the 1930s with a 1931 Ford used by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Baltimore City (C & P). After a couple of name changes (Bell Atlantic and now Verizon) the company remains in operation today. Of course, all of these iterations of Bell companies trace back to the inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. Anyhow, I found the 1931 company car below in the Museum of Industry. It is in remarkably good condition as you can see below.

1931 Ford
1931 Ford

As many of you know, I've been building a collection of black & white images and that effort continues. The best of the best will end up in a portfolio. I have really appreciated all of the feedback received and it has been a tremendous help to me.

1931 Ford - B&W
1931 Ford - B&W

One of the issues with vintage vehicles in museums is the fact that they are nearly always surrounded by ropes, chains or other restrictive items to keep people at bay. I fully understand why this is necessary but it does limit one's photographic angles as we try to avoid cluttering up the image with these distractions. Nonetheless, I'm always happy to take on the challenge. ;-)

1931 Ford - Side View
1931 Ford - Side View

Most company vehicles have a number on them and this one shows "1931", which is the model year of the car. Coincidence or just part of a refurbishment effort?

1931 Ford - Side View - B&W
1931 Ford - Side View - B&W

Hope you enjoyed the view!

Have a wonderful day, friends.

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Piece Work

In 1812 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Kensett invented a method of preserving fruits, vegetables and meats, a method used to this day. It began with the use of glass jars but for obvious reasons, evolved into the use of tin plated cans. This was the beginning of "canned goods" and an industry was born. Kensett originally began this process in New York but later relocated to Baltimore. Workers of the packing houses were paid by the "piece" for the number of tomatoes, strawberries, oysters and other foods they processed. Below are a few images from the Museum of Industry's canning exhibit for your enjoyment.

Piece Work
Piece Work

A B&W version is below. Sort of difficult to go back to this time period without them. :-)

Piece Work - B&W
Piece Work - B&W

Let's have a little closer look at a few of the tools of the trade.

Piece Work - Close-up
Piece Work - Close-up

B&W Version below.

Piece Work - B&W Close-up
Piece Work - B&W Close-up

One of the bounties from the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries are shellfish like blue crabs and oysters.

Oysters
Oysters

The B&W version.

Oysters - B&W
Oysters - B&W

There is so much to see in this place, we'll just have to save other images for some future posts. Hope you enjoyed these.

Have a great day! ;-)

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Vintage Electrical Room

Electrical Control Room
Electrical Control Room

Today we'll take another quick visit to the museum of industry where there are hundreds of retro items from yesteryear. One such exhibit is a vintage electrical control room, complete with a 1926 calendar on the wall. Talk about stepping back in time, this was a nice experience. Now I wasn't around during that time period but I could certainly get a feel for the technology of the day. ;-)

To get closer to the time period a B&W image is a must.

Electrical Control Room - B&W
Electrical Control Room - B&W

A look into the corner of this small room provides another old-time view.

Electrical Control Room - Corner
Electrical Control Room - Corner

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM