[Chicago: ca. 1918-1919]. 44 original stereoviews, dual 3.25 x 2.75 inch prints on card mounts measuring 3.5 x 7 inches. In a slipcase with two typed paper labels on spine. Small, contemporary ink stamps on mounts; three cards with typed paper labels. Very good. Item #1412
An excellent group of original, likely unique stereoview photography, comprising a detailed overview of the Goodman Manufacturing Company's production facilities in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago just after World War I. The company was founded by Herbert Goodman in 1889 and was a prolific manufacturer of battery-powered electric locomotives for use in underground mines, based on designs and prototypes of his brother-in-law and famed inventor Elmer Ambrose Sperry. The plant was located on South Halstead Street until its closure in late 1980s, and the abandoned building is still standing.
The images present provide an intimate and detailed glimpse into many facets of the company's operations, with several shots of the factory, grounds, and offices. Most of the stereoviews are focused on the factory floor and industrial production, with views of machinery and other equipment, engines in various states of productions, parts and supplies stacked in warehouses. There are also several shots of construction at the factory site and the final three views are of what appears to be a company athletic event. Cards are numbered one to forty-five, with #10 lacking. A fascinating and appealing assemblage of images, in a format uncommon for industrial photography, and with of much interest for Chicago, industrial, and mining histories.