World Radio Day


Lewis Hine (1874-1940), [Skilled cabinet maker assembling two key rails for radio cabinet, RCA Victor Plant, Camden, New Jersey], 1937 (951.1975)

Man working in a RCA Victor Plant. Cabinet-making photographs. Radio cabinet. Cabinet assembler – assembling waist (front and ends of cabinet). This assembler also puts two key rails into place. He is a skilled cabinet maker. Although the work does not appear to require skill, only a man who has thorough knowledge of cabinet-making can do the job properly. The conveyor requires 20 minutes to make a complete rotation. Photo-study for National Research Project of WPA


Lewis Hine (1874-1940), [Hand sanders working on cabinets, RCA Victor, Camden, New Jersey], March 4, 1937 (953.1975)

Men working in a RCA Victor Plant. Cabinet-making photographs. Radio cabinet. Hand sanders working on cabinets. This work is not called skilled, but it requires a considerable degree of skill; the cabinet could be ruined easily by careless handling. All hand sanders at RCA have had 12 to 15 years’ experience. Photo-study for National Research Project of WPA


Lewis Hine (1874-1940), [Hand sander working on cabinets, RCA Victor, Camden, New Jersey], March 4, 1937 (954.1975)

Men working in a RCA Victor Plant. Cabinet-making photographs. Radio cabinet. Close-up of sander. Hand sanders working on cabinets. This work is not called skilled, but it requires a considerable degree of skill; the cabinet could be ruined easily by carelss handling. All hand sanders at RCA have had 12 to 15 years’ experience. Photo-study for National Research Project of WPA.


Lewis Hine (1874-1940), [Inspecting transformers, coils, capacities, cables, and tube sockets to be ready for wiring, RCA Victor, Camden, New Jersey], March 4, 1937 (955.1975)

People working in RCA Victor plant. Radio photos. End of feeder line during which transformers, coils, capacitors, cables and tube sockets are put on. After inspection (the man is the inspector for this line), it is ready for wiring. Photo-study for National Research Project of WPA.


Lewis Hine (1874-1940), [Coil winder, RCA Victor, Camden, New Jersey], March 4, 1937 (956.1975)

Woman working; RCA Victor Plant, coil winder. If a girl has good fingers for this work, she can become an expert on this job in three weeks. If she is not naturally deft, she never learns. Photo-study for National Research Project of WPA.


Lewis Hine (1874-1940), [Highly-skilled worker testing radio frequency alignment and making final test of chassis, RCA Victor, Camden, New Jersey], 1936-37 (957.1975)

Man working in a RCA Victor Plant. Final Inspector – testing radio frequency alignment and making final test of chassis. This takes place in a room surrounded entirely by copper screening to protect testing from any “interference.” This is the job requiring the highest skill. Even technical training, such as an electrical engineering course, must be supplemented by a course of training at the plant for this particular work. Photo-study for National Research Project of WPA

Photos made by Lewis Hine in a RCA Victor plant in Camden, New Jersey of people making radios to commemorate World Radio Day.

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