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Steel and Iron Works (Joliet, Illinois)
Steel and Iron Works (Joliet, Illinois)
TitleSteel and Iron Works (Joliet, Illinois)
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
DescriptionDrawing by Adele Fay Williams of the Steel and Iron Works on the river near Joliet, Illinois. Adele Fay Williams wrote an article related to this drawing. she stated in the article "There is something good about smoke after all, smoke what beauty is smoke, just watch it, Joliet is full of these blessings both economic and aesthetic. Take for instance the smoke patterns of the American Steel and Wire Company as they rise through the stacks. You can see them any day from the Ruby Bridge. The air of the chimney, the long low building is full of the most beautiful wirls and swirls that unfold themselves into volumes of velvety black or nuances of palest silver. The skyline is intermittently dramatic, it is as tragic as media or hilarious as a black giant blowing soap bubbles. Sometimes it seems ominous and threatening at the moment of its deadliest portion when it seems to swoop like a bird of omen when it changes in a twinkling of the eye into the veiled appearance of a musical rhapsody. Yes, there in the sky just before your eyes is played a veritable symphony of color in a picturesque pageant of smoke quite incredibly imposing." - Donated by Katherine Woodruff Barnes
Date of ArticleNo date
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet Steel and Iron Works -- Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Industry -- Joliet (Ill.) -- History
SourceClick on this link to see more historical information on the Joliet area - http://www.lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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