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A worker carefully looks at tire cord stretched out on the table. This cotton fabric constituted twenty five percent of every cord tire built by the Fisk Tire Company. The durability of a Fisk tire depended on the careful handling of the fabric by…

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A worker operates a machine which winds cord around the rim of a metal core. For cord tires, the circumference of the core was smaller than the inside of the tire because these tires expanded when they were put into the vulcanizing machines.

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Workers are applying the special rubber stripe which will be the sidewall of the cord tire. This sidewall rubber was made by a special machine at the plant. When the sidewalls were built up, the tires were now ready to be shipped to the vulcanizing…

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Cord tires awaiting vulcanization are dangling from metal hooks attached to pulleys. These pulleys ran on an overhead circular track. Because of this round shape, workers at the Fisk Tire Company referred to this section of the vulcanizing room as…

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Two workers on each side of a conveyor belt are removing unfinished tires from hooks attached to an overhead track. Each unfinished tire was then placed on the conveyor belt where it traveled to the mold room.

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Inside the safety bulletin case, management of the plant has placed a poster which shows and describes how a worker injured his finger while placing his hand on a tire hanging from the overhead track; the worker next to him pushed a tire which…

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A group of workers standing on each side of a conveyer lower the top half of a mold over an unfinished tire which has been placed by other workers into a bottom mold. Molds which were made of metal resembled halves of a giant hollowed out donut.

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Two workers standing on opposite sides of the conveyer remove the harness which was used to lower the upper mold onto a tire encased by a bottom mold. Removal of the harness was the final procedure before a tire was placed for curing into the…

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Workers near the conveyer wait for tires in molds which are destined for the vulcanizers on their right. As these molds arrive, these workers will place one mold on top of another until they fill the vulcanizer.

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Workers near the conveyer wait for tires in molds which are destined for the vulcanizers on their right. As these molds arrive, these workers will place one mold on top of another until they fill the vulcanizer.