Construction, Box 94, May 1949


This box has two subjects, and we’ll check out the mostly road construction images in this blogpost. The date is May 1949.

Construction with plenty of heavy machinery.

Unknown location at this time, but in the late 1940’s, housing development at one side, and College of Pacific expansion at the other side, were in full bloom.

The sequence starts with few workers jackhammering the road surface. The first image gives us an idea of location, it is in front of a Beacon gas and service station.

Jackhammering the road, 1949, Stockton (Printed)
Jackhammering the road, 1949, Stockton (Printed)
Jackhammering the road, 1949, Stockton (Printed)

Next Joel photographs the large equipment, a trencher, soil scraper and a truck. The location may be derived from the buildings in the background on condition they are still there.

Trencher at work, 1949, Stockton (Printed)
Trencher at work, 1949, Stockton (Printed)
Trencher at work, 1949, Stockton (Printed)
Soil scraping, 1949, Stockton (Printed)
Soil scraping, 1949, Stockton (Printed)
Truck moving dirt, 1949, Stockton (Printed)

It’s a short and sweet series about road construction, and it appears Joel copied or printed all images.

There’s one straggler in this box, it’s a late night COP image, but hard to make out who would be pictured. (Second from left could be Alonzo Stagg ?)

College of Pacific, 1949, function not identified yet. (Printed)

We’ll leave this image here in the hope we’ll find a reference to what happened that evening. Joel printed this image, it must have been important.

Cheers !


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