Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Photo: Copper Commando

Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives, Robert I. Nesmith collection
Anaconda worker Gus Sbragia selects a gear pattern from the forty thousand stored in four stories of the Pattern Shop at the Foundry Department of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. The photo appeared in the October 23, 1942, Copper Commando, a tabloid-format newspaper intended to spur production of Montana metals during World War II. Pattern-makers created models that engineers used to manufacture and repair equipment for the company's mining, smelting, and refining operations.

P.S. Find more Copper Commando photos at the Montana Memory Project.

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