On the Job in Illinois Collection


On the Job in Illinois Collection


Illinois Labor History Society


The On the Job in Illinois Collection chronicles men and women at work in a variety of industries throughout Illinois. The images appeared in an photography exhibition and a book entitled On the Job in Illinois: Then and Now put together by the Illinois Labor History Society.

Images include workers at General Mills, Sara Lee, and the Schwinn Bicycle factory.

Collection Items

Filling Cinnamon Roll Baking Tins
An unidentified Sara Lee employee fills aluminum pie tins on an assembly line with cinnamon roll dough.

Building Construction
Several men work on a construction project.

A contractor displays several warnings on his hard hat.

Combing Cotton Gauze
A female employee combs cotton gauze at Johnson & Johnson.

Moving Boxes at General Mills
A forklift operator moves boxes of Cheerios houses in the General Mills facility in West Chicago.

Filling General Mills Cake Mix Bags
A worker fills large bags with white cake mix at the General Mills facility in St. Charles.

A worker sets type at the La Salle Street Press in Chicago.

Painting an Airplane
Several workers prep and paint the exterior of an American Airlines aircraft.

Lunch Break
An unidentified ANCO employee takes his lunch break.

Schwinn Bicycle Factory
Employees work on bicycles in the assembly shop at the Schwinn Bicycle Factory in Chicago.

Paint Room of Progress Industries, Inc.
Photo caption: "Caskets move through Paint Room on conveyor for color and finish coat. Progress Industries, Inc., Arthur, Ill."

Motorola Portable Radiotelephone System
A man stands in front of a building pressing a button on a radiotelephone.Photo caption: "A product truly ahead of its time, the DYNA-T.A.C. portable radiotelephone system, first demonstrated by Motorola in 1973, is similar to a normal dial…

Basic Oxygen Furnace at Inland Steel
Workers take a metalogical sampling at the #4 Basic Oxygen Furnace of Inland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana.On verso: "East Chicago, Indiana 1970; Basic Oxygen Furnace "BOF" metallurgists. Metallurgical sampling at the #4 B.O.F.; Astra DD…

United States Mail Parade Float
A United States Mail parade float featuring two men in postal employee uniforms in front of a large mailbox appears in a parade in Chicago on behalf of the United States Postal Service.

A woman uses the "Mailomat", a coin-operated postage machine, outside of a Chicago post office.

Chemetron Employee
An employee scoops dry ice into a container on top of a piece of unidentified machinery at Chemetron in Chicago.

Largest All-Manganese Steel Power Shovel Dipper
Two women sit on top of a power shovel dipper while two men stand behind a horse-drawn wagon and its driver at the side of the dipper.Photo caption: "Largest all-manganese steel power shovel dipper ever made, 15 cubic yards 37 tons, shipped Feb.…

Steve Carr
Steve Carr, a photographer for "On the Job in Illinois", uses his Nikon camera to photograph himself the mirror of a vehicle.
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