July, 1922: We know very little about this photograph. It was taken at a time when the steel industry was navigating turbulent times. In April 1922, unionized coal mines shut down during a nationwide strike by 735,000 miners. The shutdown was a major blow to the steel industry which relied on coal for energy. A second strike by railroad workers in July disrupted the transportation schedule and patterns of steel production.
A handwritten note on the back of the photograph read, “Carnegie Steel Mills Exterior.”
(Pittsburgh Press photo)