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Caustic Pumps

Part of the brewing process is sterilizing the kettles, pipes and tanks all product would touch. This was done with a caustic solution. To the left is a healthy pile of asbestos where a heating tank used to stand, insulated in the carcinogenic mineral. The tank got cut apart, the asbestos stayed here.
Part of the brewing process is sterilizing the kettles, pipes and tanks all product would touch. This was done with a caustic solution. To the left is a healthy pile of asbestos where a heating tank used to stand, insulated in the carcinogenic mineral. The tank got cut apart, the asbestos stayed here.

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Asbestos-cord-wrapped glass tongs piled in a shed next to the pouring line.
Looking into the mine pit that is the future of the small town that I explored. Conveyor belts bring the brown coal from the bucket excavators to the plant themselves.
A typical afternoon late in shipping season, when steel mills are rushing their orders before Lake Superior freezes.
The '59' is just a reference to that work station. Unfortunately the scrappers beat me to this machine--there was not much left besides the 2-ton shell and this control panel.
Asbestos rope isn't something you can buy at Home Depot anymore, but it's fire and heat resistant stuff; great for industrial work, like in a sugar mill.
Patented in 1965 and produced by Specialized Mass Markets. User would insert token and use a rotary-phone-style dial to enter their token number. The machine would tally the numbers and indicate winners depending on the sum of said numbers. See USPTO US3455557.
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