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Lot 343: (INDUSTRIAL--ELMES ENGINEERING WORKS) An archive of 305 photographs pertaining to the Charles F. Elmes Engineering Works of Chicago, Il

ART & STORYTELLING: PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTOBOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

25 October 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: (INDUSTRIAL--ELMES ENGINEERING WORKS)
An archive of 305 photographs pertaining to the Charles F. Elmes Engineering Works of Chicago, Illinois.
With multiple graphic images of machinery used for bending, pressing, boring, drilling, extruding, moulding, pumping, forging, and forming, both in-situ and removed from their backgrounds, almost all bearing the company name. Silver prints (301) and cyanotypes (4), the images measuring 8 3/4x7 to 8x11 inches (22.2x17.8 to 20.3x27.9 cm.), nearly all with an inventory number in the negative, and most with a date stamp and information table on verso, identifying the machine name, its specifications and for whom it was manufactured; with approximately 130 of the silver prints housed in an original company binder separated by type with labeled dividers. Oblong 4to, black leatherette with gilt lettering and a 2-ring binding; lightly worn. 1938-40s

Notes: WITH--A pair of blueprints of machine designs, and a 5 page list of photographs identifying the client, inventory number, and name of machine.

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