August 27, 2013

Break time is healthy — in the shipyards

Brand-new multi-purpose indoor court, Kaiser Swan Island (Oregon) shipyards 2/23/1943; photo courtesy Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.

Contributed by Lincoln Cushing, Archivist and Historian

Industrial photography can reveal the sublime in the mundane. This image documents one of the newly-built recreational facilities created for the workers in the Kaiser shipyards during World War II. It was understood that sports and activities were essential to physical, mental, and community health.