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Item #718

November 29th, 2006 · 13 Comments

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  • 1 Carl E Belanger // Mar 10, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    They are tightening the cover on a digester. The digester had just been filled with wood chips. The chips are cooked, then blown out through the bottom. The guys on the wrenches would unbolt the cover, swing it open then drop a fill chute down so that chips could be poured into the digester.
    The job was typically done by two men. This job was refered to as “working on the wrenches”.

  • 2 Fred Smith // Mar 29, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    This photograph was taken at the Burgess Mill Digester House in January 1945. The man on the right is Roger Dignard (spelling of name may be incorrect).

  • 3 Ronald A. Couture // Apr 5, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    This picture was taken at the Burgess first Digester House . We knew it as the Old Chip Loft
    back in our days. There was still one digester used for Black Liquor storage and that was #19. The Chip Loft was right above the Digesters, there was a gate that the operator opened and the chips would flow by gravity into the Digester. Same theory applied with the Blow Valves which would open directly into what we knew as the Blow Pits.

  • 4 Social Tagging and Cataloging « colombianflowers // Apr 20, 2007 at 10:30 am

    […] Item # 718 is an image of two men working on some equipment. The subject headings that were initially allocated are “Tightening, Securing lid on digester, Wrenches, Digester, and Burgess Mill.” In early March someone posted a comment giving us more information on what the digester does. Later in the month someone else identified one of the men in the photograph. […]

  • 5 Larry Twitchell // Apr 29, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    The comments here are accurate! My Dad, Sherman Twitchell, worked in the Digester House for many years and did his stint on The Wrenches. When I saw this photo the name Roger Dignard flashed into my mind for the man on the right. I remember him as one of my Dad’s good friends when I was a youngster. The man on the left might be Edgar Melanson but I’m not at all sure of that.

  • 6 Pete Brockett // May 1, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Holy Cow! No gloves, safety glasses, or Hard-Hats!

  • 7 » The Rules, 2007 // Jun 20, 2007 at 11:04 am

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  • 10 Roger W Dignard // Jul 12, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Stumbled upon this photo. I am quite certain that the man on the right is my uncle; and the name is spelled correctly.

  • 11 Vlada // May 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Looks like the people from Eastern Europe are working in similar conditions and with similar equipments in the present time, as workers from the Digester House did in 1945… It’s just sad.

  • 12 chris // Aug 9, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Caterina Fake did a lot of that for flickr , while MetaFilter exists entirely as a community.

  • 13 Bilingual Librarian » Social Tagging and Cataloging // May 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    […] Item # 718 is an image of two men working on some equipment. The subject headings that were initially allocated are “Tightening, Securing lid on digester, Wrenches, Digester, and Burgess Mill.” In early March someone posted a comment giving us more information on what the digester does. Later in the month someone else identified one of the men in the photograph. […]

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