• Creator
  • Kinsey, Clark
  • Created Date
  • 1918~
  • Description
  • During World War I, the United States government created the Spruce Production Division in the Pacific Northwest in order to quickly obtain access to spruce trees to be used in constructing airplanes. The Spruce Production Division was created in reaction to a shortage in labor in the Northwest due to a lumber strike in 1917 led by the International Workers of the World. Lieutenant Colonel Brice P. Disque was put in charge of the effort, which... more
    During World War I, the United States government created the Spruce Production Division in the Pacific Northwest in order to quickly obtain access to spruce trees to be used in constructing airplanes. The Spruce Production Division was created in reaction to a shortage in labor in the Northwest due to a lumber strike in 1917 led by the International Workers of the World. Lieutenant Colonel Brice P. Disque was put in charge of the effort, which used both civilian and troop labor to produce more than 54 million board feet of spruce beams in Oregon alone. The United States government contracted with private companies in Oregon and Washington to produce spruce for the war effort. Army troops built mills at Toledo, Oregon on Yaquina Bay, and at Vancouver and Port Angeles in Washington state. Working alongside civilians, the army workers (who received civilian wages) largely practiced riving (or splitting) of the logs, which often resulted in the use of only 1/6 of a log. This practice... less
  • Format
  • Photograph
    image
    11 x 14 in.
    Silver gelatin, b/w
    Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 1000XL at 100 ppi in grayscale. Resized using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 so that the long dimension was either 768 pixels horizontal or 600 pixels vertical, then saved in JPEG format at quality rating 3. 2012