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1. Salvation Army drive Salvation Army drive World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Salvation Army; Salvation Army -- History; Ludden, Charles A. Captain Charles A. Ludden of the Salvation Army stands with his workers alongside their truck. Employees are William Davidson, C.M. Stebbins, Alice Chapin, Ruth Hanifin, Mary Nelligan, Bess Burgess, Mabel...

2. Soliciting funds at Fisk Rubber Co. Soliciting funds at Fisk Rubber Co. World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Salvation Army; Salvation Army --History; Fisk Rubber Co.; Rubber industry and trade; Tires Captain Ludden holding an ornate kettle at the Salvation Army fund drive on the grounds of the Fisk Rubber Co. The plant located in Chicopee Falls manufactured rubber tires during World War I.

3. Crowd at the Fisk Rubber Co. contributing funds Crowd at the Fisk Rubber Co. contributing funds World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Salvation Army; Salvation Army -- History; Fisk Rubber Co.; Tires; Rubber industry and trade Crowd gathered at the Fisk Rubber Co. in Chicopee Falls making donations to the Salvation Army. Large plant buildings in background and to the right.

4. Gasless Sunday in Market Square Gasless Sunday in Market Square World War, 1914-1918 -- Economic aspects -- United States; Market Square (Chicopee, Mass.); City Hall (Chicopee, Mass.); A.G. Spalding & Bros.; Chicopee (Mass.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. Pedestrians on left street corner gaze on a nearly empty square during World War I. City Hall is on the right and A.G. Spalding is in the background. During World War I the federal government proclaimed...

5. Main mill building of the Fisk Tire Company Main mill building of the Fisk Tire Company Tire industry -- Massachusetts -- Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade -- Massachusetts-- Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) -- Industries; Tires This five-story building was the main production facility of the tire company. Founded in 1896, as one building and known as the Spalding & Pepper Rubber Company, it grew to be one of the nation’s largest...

6. Worker inspecting tire cord in the cord room Worker inspecting tire cord in the cord room Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires A worker carefully looks at tire cord stretched out on the table. This cotton fabric constituted twenty five percent of every cord tire built by the Fisk Tire Company. The durability of a Fisk tire depended...

7. Placing the unvulcanized tire in the mold Placing the unvulcanized tire in the mold Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires A group of workers standing on each side of a conveyer lower the top half of a mold over an unfinished tire which has been placed by other workers into a bottom mold. Molds which were made of metal resembled...

8. Tires ready for the vulcanizers in the vulcanizing room Tires ready for the vulcanizers in the vulcanizing room Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Cord tires awaiting vulcanization are dangling from metal hooks attached to pulleys. These pulleys ran on an overhead circular track. Because of this round shape, workers at the Fisk Tire Company referred...

9. Removing the harness attached to the upper half of the mold Removing the harness attached to the upper half of the mold Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Two workers standing on opposite sides of the conveyer remove the harness which was used to lower the upper mold onto a tire encased by a bottom mold. Removal of the harness was the final procedure before...

10. Trucks parked at the loading dock of the shipping department Trucks parked at the loading dock of the shipping department Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Ten trucks parked at the loading dock are getting ready to make shipments of finished tires. These tires will be delivered to dealers and the 130 branch stores operated by the Fisk Tire Company. The shipping...

11. Tire inspection before wrapping Tire inspection before wrapping Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Two workers in the shipping department are inspecting finished tires which they are holding upright on a table. Nearby on wooden pallets, tires of various tread design are stacked and bundled.

12. Workers placing tires onto a conveyer belt Workers placing tires onto a conveyer belt Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Two workers on each side of a conveyer belt are removing unfinished tires from hooks attached to an overhead track. Each unfinished tire was then placed on the conveyer belt where it traveled to the mold...

13. Tires arriving by conveyer near the vulcanizers Tires arriving by conveyer near the vulcanizers Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Workers near the conveyer wait for tires in molds which are destined for the vulcanizers on their right. As these molds arrive, these workers will place one mold on top of another until they fill the vulcanizer....

14. Wrapping tires for delivery to customers Wrapping tires for delivery to customers Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Two employees are working on a machine which wraps finished tires. To their left a stack of tires is waiting to be wrapped. On the right Fisk non-skid tires are wrapped and piled neatly on a pallet.

15. Tire with a partially fitted inner tube Tire with a partially fitted inner tube Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires A tire with a visible inner tube leans against a stack of nearby tires. The invention of the pneumatic tire, i.e., a vulcanized tire with an inflatable inner tube gave passengers in automobiles a smooth,...

16. Safety bulletin at the Fisk Tire Company warning about infections Safety bulletin at the Fisk Tire Company warning about infections Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires The safety bulletin in the display case has the following slogan on top: “Safety saves sickness, suffering, sadness”. On the bottom, it shows a series of health cartoons about the dangers of spreading...

17. Management of Fisk Tire Company Management of Fisk Tire Company Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires The managers of the Fisk Tire Company are seated at a table with their secretary to the right. Meetings were held in the administration building which faced Grove Street in Chicopee Falls. On the wall...

18. Cutting tire cord on a table Cutting tire cord on a table Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires A worker is cutting a length of cord at an angle or on the bias. Tire cord had to be cut at a 45 degree angle because the fabric threads were woven at this angle. This angle weave of the cord proved to...

19. Private emergency hospital at the Chicopee Falls plant Private emergency hospital at the Chicopee Falls plant Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Inside the emergency hospital at the plant, there are counters with medical supplies against the back wall. Two sinks stand on each side of these counters. The room also contains a portable hospital bed...

20. Filling the vulcanizer with the molds Filling the vulcanizer with the molds Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires A worker presses his hand on a stack of molds while he waits for the cover to be lowered onto the vulcanizer. When the cover is secure, heat and steam will be piped into the vulcanizer, causing the rubber...
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