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Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Library of the McCormick family home at 675 Rush Street. The home was built for Cyrus Hall McCormick and his wife Nettie Fowler in 1873.

Date: 1906-06-12 

Description: A document for employing children. The left side reads: "EMPLOYMENT OF CHILD. AFFIDAVIT UNDER ACT OF 1893. Name of Child_ Residence_ Filed and en...

Date: 1949 

Description: A machinist apprentice at Tractor Works (factory) makes a layout to prepare for machining.

Date: 1919 ca.

Description: A factory worker applies grease to a wagon wheel at International Harvester's Weber Wagon Works.

Date: 1942-05-02 ca.

Description: Factory workers rebuilding production machinery at International Harvester's "Special Machine Tool Shop." Original caption reads: "All old machine tools co...


Clara Seipp

Date: 1883 ca.

Description: A standing, full-length studio portrait of Clara Seipp, a daughter of Chicago brewer Conrad Seipp. She is dressed in a dress and coat with hat, muff and gl...


Walgreen Commissary

Date: 1941 

Description: Worker Harold Johnson stands near a machine and a McCormick-Deering cooler at the Walgreen Commissary. The original caption describes the cooler as an "8BB...

Date: 1919 ca.

Description: Factory worker cuts spokes for wagon wheels at International Harvester's Weber Wagon Works.

Date: 1930 

Description: Workers receiving treatment from of two doctors and a nurse in a medical office or hospital room at International Harvester's McCormick Works. The McCormic...

Date: 1902 ca.

Description: Factory workers stand at stations apparently designed to test knotters for grain binders, most likely at the McCormick Reaper Works.


Vacuum Dangers

Date: 1927-08 

Description: A woman stoops to remove an electrical cord from in front of a vacuum cleaner.

Date: 1919-09-16 

Description: Full-length portrait of Alma Catherine Schmidt, seated, (1894-1989) on the day of her wedding to William F. Petersen M.D. Her waist-length veil is secured...

Date: 1911-01 

Description: Elevated view of factory workers standing between rows of parts bins at International Harvester's McCormick Works. The factory was owned by the McCormick H...

Date: 1923-10 

Description: Mrs. Waggoner pushes a button on an electric light switch on the wall in her farmhouse.

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Men feed sisal fiber into a combing machine during the production of binder twine at the McCormick Twine Mill.

Date: 1949 

Description: A group of young men receive instruction in the apprentice classroom at McCormick Works.


Plano Works

Date: 1907-09-06 

Description: Factory workers at International Harvester's Plano Works. The factory was later known as the "West Pullman Works."

Date: 1943 

Description: A woman's face is visible through an opening in the after-body of an aircraft torpedo as she uses a tool to tap holes in it. The photograph was taken at In...

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Factory workers use a balling machine at the McCormick Twine Mill to wind twine onto wooden spools.

Date: 1912 ca.

Description: Metal wheels hanging from the ceiling at International Harvester's Plano Works. The wheels appear to ready for dipping in a liquid bath. The factory was la...

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