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1. 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...

2. 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,...

3. Safety bulletin describing a recent accident at the Chicopee plant of the Fisk Tire Company Safety bulletin describing a recent accident at the Chicopee plant of the Fisk Tire Company Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Inside the safety bulletin case, management of the plant has placed a poster which shows and describes how a worker injured his finger while placing his hand on a tire hanging from the overhead track;...

4. Rolls of cord stacked in a storage area Rolls of cord stacked in a storage area Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Tire cord wound on spools is piled in a bin. This cord made from a specially designed fabric was used in the manufacture of tires. In the 1920's three different factories were making tire cord for the...

5. 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...

6. 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...

7. 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...

8. 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...

9. 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...

10. 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...

11. Working on a tire at a finishing stand Working on a tire at a finishing stand Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Workers are applying the special rubber stripe which will be the sidewall of the cord tire. This sidewall rubber was made by a special machine at the plant. When the sidewalls were built up, the tires...

12. Generators from the Farrel Foundry and Machine Company Generators from the Farrel Foundry and Machine Company Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Inside the “boiler room” at the Chicopee plant, generators supplied heat which was necessary to cure rubber in an unfinished tire. The markings on the generator indicate that it was manufactured by...

13. 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.

14. Finished tires on the wrapping machine Finished tires on the wrapping machine Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Four wrapped tires are sitting atop the wrapping machine. Because Fisk Tire Company had retail stores in forty states, tires were wrapped before they were shipped to these stores. The wrapping prevented...

15. Doctor and nurse attending to a worker at the emergency hospital Doctor and nurse attending to a worker at the emergency hospital Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires The company doctor is treating a hand injury of an employee while the nurse assists him. The management of the Fisk Tire Company were proud that their company had an emergency hospital staffed by a full-time...

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. Inspecting tires which are ready for shipment Inspecting tires which are ready for shipment Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Two workers from the shipping department of the Fisk Tire Company inspect tires before they are put into the warehouse storage area. On the right, their supervisor is inspecting a stack of finished tires...

18. 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...

19. Operating a tire-building machine Operating a tire-building machine Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires A worker operates a machine which winds cord around the rim of a metal core. For cord tires, the circumference of the core was smaller than the inside of the tire because these tires expanded when they...

20. 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...
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