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World's Fair. Firestone Tire & Rubber Company Building at night II

Firestone, Robert - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]

Firestone, Robt A - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]

Firestone, Joseph - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]

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BREAKFAST [held by] RED STAR LINE [at] SS: FIRESTONE (SS;)

BREAKFAST [held by] RED STAR LINE [at] SS: FIRESTONE (SS;)

Balloons - Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. - Activity in producing balloons for war service. Top and end view of nurse type balloons, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Balloons - Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. - Activity in producing balloons for war service. Rear end view of French kite balloon showing right and left lobes. Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Balloons - R - Activity in producing balloons for war service. Nurse type balloon, first one manufactured by Ohio Company, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Balloons - Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. - Activity in producing balloons for war service. French type kite balloon showing riggen band equipment and bell scoop. Lt. Steptaw and Lt. Chase the government representatives at this plant. Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Balloons - R - Activity in producing balloons for war service. Nurse type balloon, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Balloons - Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. - Activity in producing balloons for war service. Staff of Firestone Balloon plant showing nurse Bay type these balloons passed 100% perfect the first production. Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Balloons - R - Activity in producing balloons for war service. Nurse type balloon, first one manufactured by this plant, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Balloons - R - Activity in producing balloons for war service. Nurse type balloons manufactured at this plant, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Balloons - Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. - Activity in producing balloons for war service. Top view of the kite balloon. Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant, Akron, O

Firestone 3000 mile tires

Firestone & Henry Ford [...]

[Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren Harding, Harvy Firestone and group near cabin, Firestone camp]

Firestone Edison camp

[Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone assisting two chefs by peeling potatos at a Ford-Edison camping trip]

Harding at Firestone Edison Camp [...]

Group at Firestone

Firestone & Harding

Firestone Edison Camp

Claxton, Miss Butterfield, & Firestone

Firestone & Harding

[Henry Ford chopping wood at Firestone camp]

Edison, Firestone and Harding

[Thomas Edison,Warren Harding and others seated at table. Firestone camp]

[Henry Ford, Thomas Edison,Warren Harding and Harvey Firestone. Firestone camp]

[Henry Ford chopping wood at Firestone camp]

Firestone & Ford

Harding at Firestone [Edison Camp]

[Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren Harding, Harvey Firestone, and others. Firestone camp]

Ford & Firestone peeling potaotes

[Warren Harding, Firestone camp]

[Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren Harding, Harvey Firestone, and others. Firestone camp]

Firestone Edison camp

[Warren Harding, Firestone camp]

[Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren Harding and Harvey Firestone near cabin, Firestone camp]

[Thomas Edison, Warren Harding, and others] Dinner at Firestone camp

Bishop Anderson, Firestone, Harding, [...]

[Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren Harding, Harvey Firestone, and others. Firestone camp]

Firestone Edison camp

[Thomas Edison, Warren Harding, Henry Ford, and others] Firestone camp

[Thomas Edison. Firestone camp]

[Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone walking together]

[Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone sitting in a speed boat at the docks with unidentified individuals]

Firestone receives plaque

[Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone, posed outdoors, standing]

World's Fair. Firestone Tire & Rubber Company Building at night I

Removing the finished tire from the tire drum. The inner drum shoes are unlocked after the tire is loosened; They are removed, leaving the tire free to slide right off. Then they are replaced and the next tire is started. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Recovering rubber from old tires. In the central wash tanks of a large Midwest plant employing the xylos process, agitated water removes dirt, treated fiber and excess fiber solvent. This operation follows removal of bead portions from scrap casings, breaking of casings into small pieces and dissolving of fiber in caustic soda. The resultant phases of rubber are then pumped to dewatering sources. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. Producing reclaimed rubber. Rubber scrap, obtained by dissolving and washing away all fibrous materials, passes through a steaming operation. It will then go through the drying, refining and other xylos processes at a big Midwest plant that is recovering large quantities for war essentials. Firestone

Adding tread rubber stock. When the fabric carcass has been built to the proper number of layers and cushion rubber has been added under the tread, the thick, extra tough tread rubber is added, having been molded to the proper shape by extrusion in a previous operation. Mechanical guides help this builder to put the tread on absolutely straight, so the tire will be in perfect balance. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Splicing the line. The loose end in the worker's left hand is feeding an uninterrupted supply of cord to the machine from an emergency spool at the worker's feet. Meantime he searches through the maze of cords to find the one which has broken, to make his splice, and to resume the supply from the regular spool. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Replenishing gum rubber for tire cords. A new supply of gum for the fabric is being carried to the calendaring machine by this worker. After having been milled originally by processes previously described, the moment of impregnation by auxiliary mills alongside the calendaring machine. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. They help produce reclaimed rubber. Workers at a big Midwest recovery plant where junked rubber is prepared for processing into thousands of essential products. In many of these products reclaimed material serves better than raw rubber. Firestone

Putting tire into curing mold. From the vacuum expander, the potential new truck tire is taken to this "watch-case" curing mold in which it is baked under high heat and pressure for a long time. The exact time and temperature varies with the type and size of tire. The airbag inside the carcass is filled with live steam during this process so that heat is added from both inside and out. The mold contains the tread pattern, or design, as well as all markings which will appear on sidewall. Under this heat and pressure the rubber turns semi-liquid, and flows into every crevice, completely bonding the rubber processed fabric carcass to the cushion, the cushion to the tread. After this operation it is now one unit--a complete tire. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

The mill room. Measured batches are delivered to these tire workers, who worked in a room full of batteries of rolling mills. Here, by a rolling process, the rubber is squeezed, pulled, pounded and mixed with the other ingredients until all are blended into a "treated rubber" stock. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Rolling for Uncle Sam. Rolling away a finished tire, this tire company worker is proud of the job it will do, for it is a huge airplane bomber tire, of the kind used by Uncle Sam on his giant defenders. The tire will receive a few finishing touches before shipping, although it is ready for service as is. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Shaping the sidewall. Moistening the bead area with a special rubber solvent and cement, the tire builder makes ready to force the overhanging edges down and around to the bead where it will first be anchored, then trimmed. The wheel spins and stops by foot control, leaving both hands free for work upon the tire itself. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Adding the bead wire. Taking a more solid form, the carcass is now ready for the addition of another bead before the final layers of fabric are added. The bead cover is shaped to the exact curvature of the tire, and fits its diameter perfectly. The bead is forced into position under pressure by the machine controlled with the worker's right hand. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Harvesting rubber from discarded tires. Scrap rubber, reclaimed by dissolving and washing out the fibrous materials in old casings, goes through the first refining process in a big Midwest plant. The cleaned, plasticized scrap passes through rolls which carry off dirt and foreign particles at the sides. The refined rubber is then gathered in sheets for further steps in the xylos process. Firestone

Tying in new spools. This is a highly skilled occupation, and is supervised at this tire company by a man whose previous training was in a weaving mill in Scotland. The deft weaver's knot, which will not pull out, must be tied in the fraction of a second whenever a break occurs, to catch the broken ends together without interrupting the flow of cord. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone

Leaving this tire builder's hands, this finished carcass is rolled away to the vacuum expanding machines, or to storage until these machine operators are ready for it. Since the rubber throughout the carcass is not yet cured, the tire is still somewhat soft and squashy. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Rubber sheets from scrap tires. Reclaimed rubber, with all traces of metal and fiber removed, is passed through a series of mill rolls and taken off in sheets form the final roll. This rubber, reclaimed by the xylos process, is now ready for processing into thousands of mechanical rubber products vital to the war production effort. It is also put to many uses in which reclaimed stock is more desirable than new rubber. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone

Molds automatically open. At the end of the curing time, the mold draws the steam out of the airbag, opens the lid and ejects the tire from the tread pattern. Workers need to do nothing but pull out the finished tire and put in another uncured carcass. General Tires, Firestone, Akron, Ohio

Marking point for the valve stem. These tires are so perfectly balanced that the weight of the valve stem is allowed and provided for. This woman attaches a label to the tire at the point where the valve stem should be placed. Balancing a tire was once considered unneccessary, until it was demonstrated that out-of-balance tires cause wheel shimmy, excessive wear and many other tire evils. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Through final inspection. Tires on an endless-crane overhead, swing through the final inspection department and spray paint booth where they are given a preservative coat of special tire paint. The tire-around-the-man is the new military tire--the non-directional. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Rubber "spaghetti" from old tires. In the xylos process of reclaiming scrap in a Midwest plant, rubber is forced through a screen by a large worn screw, and bits of metal and fiber are removed. Ropy lengths of rubber, ready for the final refining operation, are extruded. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. Rubber "mush" from old tires. Softened rubber material, reclaimed from scrap tires by dissolving and washing away the fiber, passes from dewatering screens to storage bins. The rubber, still hot from steam used in previous operations, is kept moving into a squeezing device before proceeding to the drying and other operations of the xylos process. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone

Removing cured tube from mold. As the tire molds are all-automatic, so are the tube molds. This one has just opened; all the operator need do is remove the finished tube and put in another raw one. Note the seam marks in the mold itself, which leave their imprint on the tube. Thus a seamless tube may appear to have a collection of many sections. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Vacuum shaping machine. Flat carcasses taken from the storage racks are placed in this vacuum machine in which two things happen. First a combination vacuum suction and squeezing action pulls the tire into the shape it will always have in use. Second, an airbag is forced into the inside to provide inside strength for the curing step. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Wrapping in cloth prevents sticking. Reels of fabric may be stored for a few moments or a few days, wrapped in cloth to prevent it from sticking to itself when rolled up. These reels are brought from storage to machines such as this, in which the fabric is out on a powered bias cutter to exact length for one ply of a tire. This worker is making a layer of two plies, with the cords running at right angles, one laid on top of the other. This layer will later be used by a tire builder in building up the plies of his tire to the required number. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone

Headed for last cleanup. Six giant truck tires, of the non-directional type are being wheeled in for cleaning and painting. This pattern, developed for the U.S. Army in 1941 is used for field equipment....gives excellent traction in forward or reverse because of the horizontal cleats, yet rides well on the highway on the continuous center rib. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Discarded rubber awaiting reclamation. Huge piles of salvaged material feed a big Midwest rubber plant, one of many working on our most important reclamation jobs. In the making of many essential products, reclamation stock is preferred to pure new rubber. Firestone

On the mill rollers. First the raw rubber is wedged into the revolving steel drums and mashed into a flat sheet which clings to one of the rollers like clothes sometimes stick to a clothes-wringer. Powders and liquids tossed into the center of this surging mass soon become a part of it. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Seating the valve and seaming the tube. After each tube is snipped off at the proper length, it passes to this worker who places the open and over a sleeve, and forces the valve into position right in the center of reinforcing patch. This makes doubly sure that the tube is absolutely leak-proof. When this is done, the cube can be seamed shut--the operation which is taking place here. The two ends are butted together, the sticky rubber is bonded together under pressure, and passed on to the curing molds for vulcanizing. Firestone (General), Akron, Ohio

Adding valve patch and stamping. As the endless tube passes by, the proper length of each tube is automatically crimped into the edge, and serves as a guide for placing the valve patch and stamping the trade name. This tire worker operates both sides of this machine....places the patch into position before it reaches the pressure rollers, and stamps the name just after it leaves the rollers. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Reclaimed rubber in the making. Dried scrap rubber, reclaimed at a large Midwest plant, is discharged from a continuous belt dryer and collected for an operation on the mill rolls. The procedure is known as the xylos process. Firestone

Battery of curing molds. While the curing, or cooking, operation is going on for the tire we have followed through the plant, it is also going on simultaneously for hundreds of other tires in production. This view shows one corridor in the curing room where fifty tires are being cured at once. Additional molds flank this group on both sides of long corridor such as this one. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Covering the beads. Beads are covered with sturdy fabric which builds back down into the sidewall of the finished tire for added strength. Passenger tires are normally supplied with only one wire bead, but truck tires usually have two or more, depending upon the size, weight and number of plies. Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Closing the cover of the mold. Entirely automatic, the "watch-case" mold is closed by pushing a button, which starts several operations. First the airbag is filled with live steam which circulates during the entire process; next an automatic timer sets itself for the proper length of time and temperature; next pressure is exerted to squeeze the tire into the mold pattern. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Producing reclaimed rubber. One of the machines used in converting scrap rubber into reclaim stock in a large Midwest plant which utilizes old tires in making sheet rubber. Firestone

Sealing and shaping the bead. Each new bead must be sealed into position by this forming tool as well as by use of the solvent-cement compound. Every tire built is the personal achievement of the expert tire builder. Building a larger size truck tire often consumes a full day's work! Firestone (General Tires), Akron, Ohio

Storage racks for unshaped carcasses. Awaiting the shaping machine, these "finished" carcasses are hung on opened racks, on which they slide easily on and off. Although these carcasses do not look much like tires, they are only two steps away from final completion. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Science guides rubber reclamation. Skilled chemists at a Midwest xylos process plant test every batch of rubber recovered from scrap to ensure removal of all traces of fabric, metal and other foreign matter. Firestone

Testing the finished tube before packing. Fully inflated, every tube is tested by immersion in water before being dried, and packed for shipment. Rarely do workers find an imperfect tube, but this extra precaution is taken in every instance--just in case. Firestone (General) Tires, Akron, Ohio

Rubber reclamation. Reclaiming rubber from scrap tires. An attendant at a large Midwest xylos process plant checks temperature on a continuous belt dryer which removes every trace of water. Recovery of rubber from old casings is based on dissolving and washing away all tire fibers and processing the resultant rubber material. Firestone

Rubber reclamation. Scrap tires mobilized for Victory. Millions of discarded casings cover more than 100 acres at one Midwest recovery plant. Systematic piling and sectional arrangement reduce fire hazard. Special processes will separate metal from the tires and tube bodies. The reclaimed material will be used to manufacture thousands of essential mechanical rubber products. Firestone