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This 16mm film from my archives was made specifically to show to high school kids and is a real picture of a specific time in American life when vocational education was a huge part of the engine of the US economy. Lots of color correction for this one, and as always I transferred it myself with my Telecine. This is the first time I am trying something new for the audio as well - very labor intensive audio mash-up to create a video that is very watchable but also satisfies the copyright rules. Enjoy!
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14 thoughts on “A career in machining 1971”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LittleSteve says:

    It still is a worthwhile profession…

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars N6WJA / Edward Clayton says:

    Spent 25 years as a machinist until many of those jobs left the US.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Strum says:

    I still get a kick from the "Ole" Aircraft machinist trade….. "You know when You're on the Leading edge when your forehead's making the Chips Fly"…….

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Micco says:

    Wow! I remember these films from my high school in Warminster in the mid seventies!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars greenoak1 says:

    Excellent work. Thank you for bringing it back to life! My dad was a tool and die maker. I was in a high school apprenticeship program in the 80s where I had 8 week stints in manual machining, CNC machining, the gauge room and CAD drafting. I eventually chose to be a CAD jockey. Itโ€™s served me well for 40 years.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rose Cip says:

    I wish these kinds of videos were around when I was in highschool. Left there not knowing what I want to do, something like that could have saved me a few years of waffling about figuring out what I wanted to be. But fortunately now I'm doing what I love! Cutting metal with cool machines!! Woo!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Hoffman says:

    It is important that women be given the same opportunities as men. When both are educated men and women are two wings of a bird and the bird is capable of flight. When only one wing is developed then the bird can not fly. Past e
    Inequalities of men and women, and current, hold mankind from a far more prosperous society.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Hoffman says:

    I don't like the fact that they discourage women from the profession. Women are very bit as capable as men. In my experience women are more meticulous than men, and think beyond the requirements.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Hoffman says:

    Dear Fran, Thanks for sharing the uncorrected and corrected clips at the end. That's a real challenge. Given the image video data you started with it amazing you achie ed the color quality that you did! THANKS!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Saph One says:

    Wow… Real work is history for us now

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Cotten, II says:

    Inside-out music track rocks!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MusicManiac says:

    As part of a 20-year stay at a manufacturing company, in 10 of those years, I was responsible for the repair of 15 or so CNC machines among other duties. Most of the time you were under the gun since a down machine can't make money. It was nerve-racking to say the least. Luckily I developed a good rep. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kossman Neault says:

    very well done!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clive Bagley says:

    Another interesting one from the amazing Fran – and this one has music too , but is it running backwards??

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