books

Design Library

More than half a century of plans rot in the shadows, seemingly useless.

Chair Laid Bare

When you’re incoming’s piling up with paint chips, what’s one to do? Call in a sick?

Ballast Record

A carefully kept journal of the ballast levels in the final years that the Ford sailed Lake Superior.

Waterlogged Logbook

I had to search the shelves a while to find this old logbook. The open page lists changes in stock numbers for Cutler Hammer Coils, and one row says that a new coil was installed on the black larry. The larry is the machine that loads coke ovens.

Pattern Supervisor’s Desk

An example of a typical desk at Buckstaff… messy, but everything’s there. It probably looks much as it did in 2011 when the plant closed.

Trashy Novel

A romance novel left by some worker–lunch break reading–now sits under a grease stick.

Magic Bookshelf

Books in nooks and not getting a look… about the crook with hooks that cooks.