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NOAA's Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection
Catalog of Images

2700 thumbnail picture
Cabinet-makers at work.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2701 thumbnail picture
Washing plates.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2702 thumbnail picture
Woman operating early stereoplotter. The officer is believed to Lieutenant Commander Oliver Reading, inventor of the nine-lens camera,
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2703 thumbnail picture
Preparing plate for photograph by 50-inch camera.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2704 thumbnail picture
Preparing plate for photograph by 50-inch camera.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2705 thumbnail picture
Letter punch being used on copper plate.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2706 thumbnail picture
Electrical shop of the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Note sign on wall: "The enemy is listening."
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2707 thumbnail picture
Checking printed map proofs.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2708 thumbnail picture
The 50-inch camera.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2709 thumbnail picture
Preparing a sheet for taking a picture on the 50-inch camera.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2710 thumbnail picture
Working with 50-inch camera.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2711 thumbnail picture
Small hand adjustable copy camera.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2712 thumbnail picture
Rectifying aerial photography.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2713 thumbnail picture
Draftsmen and scribers at work.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2714 thumbnail picture
Specialized photographic equipment.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2715 thumbnail picture
Models of various projections studied for designing the worldwide aeronautical chart system.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2716 thumbnail picture
Mercator projection on cylindrical drum.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2717 thumbnail picture
Possible projection scheme for world aeronautical chart system.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2718 thumbnail picture
Possible projection scheme for world aeronautical chart system.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2719 thumbnail picture
Projection scheme for aeronautical charts for use of the United States Army Air Forces.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2720 thumbnail picture
Scribers at work.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2721 thumbnail picture
The 50-inch camera.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2722 thumbnail picture
40-inch camera on tracks.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2723 thumbnail picture
Operator with small copy camera.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2724 thumbnail picture
Old-timers checking certificate printed on lithographers stone.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2725 thumbnail picture
Thomas McGrath with retirement certificate honoring 57 years of government service.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2726 thumbnail picture
Group of men in the Reproduction Division of the C&GS. John Braund invented the Braund Reliefograph which made thousands of plastic terrain models for pilot training and mission accomplishment during WW II.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2727 thumbnail picture
The press gang of the C&GS. These men printed over 80 million charts for Allied forces during WW II.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2728 thumbnail picture
Camera work.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2729 thumbnail picture
Looks like the thingamajig is a little out of alignment.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2730 thumbnail picture
Members of the press gang with the boss - Tommy Shea.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2731 thumbnail picture
Preparing documents for final distribution.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2732 thumbnail picture
Part of the reproduction and distribution team.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2733 thumbnail picture
Upper level management getting tour of pressroom.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2734 thumbnail picture
Press room at work inspecting printed maps and charts while press gang keeps the charts rolling off the presses.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2735 thumbnail picture
Status board showing progress along various editions of nautical charts.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2736 thumbnail picture
Using a swivel graver while engraving on a glass plate negative.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2737 thumbnail picture
Sharing a laugh with the press gang.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2738 thumbnail picture
Engraving on a glass negative with letter and number engraving machine.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2739 thumbnail picture
Draftsman at work on aeronautical chart.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2740 thumbnail picture
Engraving plastic sheet with swivel engraver.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2741 thumbnail picture
Mounting engraved sheet.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2742 thumbnail picture
Preparing plate for printing.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2743 thumbnail picture
Training session? Problem solving?
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2744 thumbnail picture
Retirement ceremony for member of reproduction branch.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2745 thumbnail picture
Retirement ceremony for member of reproduction branch.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2746 thumbnail picture
Left-over mess from installing large printing press.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2747 thumbnail picture
Installing 4-color offset press.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2748 thumbnail picture
Installing 4-color offset press.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa
2749 thumbnail picture
Installing 4-color offset press.
Washington, D.C., Department of Commerce Building 1944 circa

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