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Donora Digital Collection: Smoke and Smog

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Left:   Photo showing the Donora-Webster Bridge going across the Monongahela River
Right: View from Dave Ceccone's backyard at 457 3rd St, 1943-1955.

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Both: Images of the mill's elevated monorail used to import coke; Webster, PA is in the background.

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Left:   Smokey blast furnace.
Right: The Wire Mill, Donora, PA, taken by Bruce Dresbach in 1910.  Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

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Left:   Smoke from the mill, a view from Webster, PA.
Right: American Steel and Wire Company's open hearth releasing smoke.

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Left:   Smoke stack construction.
Right: A smog filled McKean Ave. during lunch time with "The Famous" men's store on the left, 1948.

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Photo: The Zinc Works, view from between 10th and 11th streets.  Municipal Building is to the right.

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Left:   A Department of Defense 1941 photo.
Right: Map of 18 of the 1948 deaths in relation to the mills.

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Left:   1940 Charles Shinn aeriel drawing of Donora, showing locations of 1948 deaths.
Right: Smoke stacks and railroad trains.

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Left:   Blast Furnace.
Right: Three photos from the same location showing smog differences.

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Left:   A "Grand View" of the American Steel and Wire Company's Blast Furnace in front of a horse and wagon.
Right: Postcard of the largest Zinc Works factory in the world.

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Left:   William Whigham steam engine in the Monongahela River.
Right: Machine spewing smoke inside the mill.

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Left:   Illustration of the fumes from the zinc making process.
Right: Zinc worker at the spelter drawing near retorts.