Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Today's picture is from the 1920's, and shows a machinist. I believe he is working on a lathe. This old school style of machine work is also becoming a lost art. Today, most machining is done with computer automated CNC machine, which directly do the cutting from the computer generated files. Few people today would know how to operate a traditional lathe or milling machine.


  1. Interesting photo. We have a similar lathe at a local historic village. I recall the man running the machine let my 12YO son try it. You had to pump the lathe with the bar near the ground to keep it going.
    -Anne K.

  2. If the guy in the picture's foreman saw him leave the T wrench in the chuck like that, he would box his ears. Manual machinists aren't as rare as you state yet.


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