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LIFE Archive | Brooklyn Navy Yard

Apr 15th, 2009 | Categories: Brooklyn, LIFE, Work Wear, WWII | by Michael Williams

When it comes to the Life photo archive I seem to be stuck in the year 1942. The mining always begins at random places and seems to inevitably end up around WWII. The Brooklyn Navy Yard has long been a fascination of mine, and these pictures of war-time industry help to scratch that itch. One day when ACL is a massive corporation (with interests in everything from ladies undergarments to heavy equipment; just like the Japanese!) the world headquarters will hopefully be at the navy yard in good ole Kings County, Brooklyn USA.

















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Comments: 12

12 Comments to “LIFE Archive | Brooklyn Navy Yard”

  1. andrew
    on Apr 15th, 2009
    @ 1:13 PM

    nice one

  2. John T
    on Apr 15th, 2009
    @ 1:14 PM

    Interesting how hats were so prevalent back then. Almost a requirement and not an accessory.

  3. Zeph C
    on Apr 15th, 2009
    @ 2:30 PM

    Dear Michael,

    Hi. After reading this post, I was inspired to comment because my father has worked in the BNY for over 30 years running his own custom metal fabrication shop. His business is called Product and Design and you can check out what we do at I highly recommend it.

    Also, I don’t know if you’re interested, or if you have ever been exploring in the BNY now, its pretty cool and you can see the exact buildings and machinery (or whats left of it) that is still around today. If you’re interested, I would be happy to meet up and give you a tour/explore the place… while avoiding the mean guards.


  4. John George
    on Apr 15th, 2009
    @ 4:35 PM

    I believe hats were fully standard until JFK eschewed them and that was that.

    Much like MJ and long, baggy basketball shorts.

  5. John
    on Apr 15th, 2009
    @ 5:52 PM

    I wonder how americans today would respond to a government demanding a “full days work,” even if it were under the pretense of a war.

  6. Tom Paine
    on Apr 15th, 2009
    @ 7:33 PM

    Thanks for the pics. I’m digging the caps!

  7. Paul
    on Apr 16th, 2009
    @ 7:41 AM

    Wow! Give an honest days work — wish that sign was in our parking lot here at the office.

    Got a few who quote the Bible all day long, but cheat the company ’cause work gets in the way of their personal lives.

    Do you think hats will come back?

  8. citizen wayne
    on Apr 16th, 2009
    @ 1:48 PM

    Miller Time, you say you’d operate ACL in Brooklyn but will you live here Manhattan boy!

  9. Michael Williams
    on Apr 16th, 2009
    @ 5:17 PM

    I’d live in BK ina heart beat. Spent five years in Windsor Terrace before moving to the island.

  10. citizen wayne
    on Apr 16th, 2009
    @ 8:26 PM

    Come on back, I’ll have Miller on ice waitin’ fer ya.

  11. mrjigawatts
    on Apr 30th, 2009
    @ 1:34 PM

    amazing pics

  12. Dana
    on Jul 2nd, 2009
    @ 7:41 PM

    Those houses (Admiral Row) in the picture third from the end have all fallen into complete ruin and will be demolished later this year.