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1. 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...

2. 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...

3. 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.

4. 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...

5. 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...

6. 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.

7. 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....

8. 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...

9. 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...

10. 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...

11. 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,...

12. 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...

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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...

16. Workers cutting and weighing processed rubber Workers cutting and weighing processed rubber Tire industry – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Rubber industry and trade – Massachusetts – Chicopee; Fisk Tire Company; Chicopee (Mass.) – Industries; Tires Two workers with large knives are cutting bundled sheets of rubber. On the left the worker is carefully looking at his scale in order to determine the weight of his cut.

17. 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;...

18. 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...

19. 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...

20. 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...
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