Redwood Manufacturers Company Plant in Pittsburg, Calif., ca. 1915-ca. 1925

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The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
1996

Redwood Manufacturers Company Plant in Pittsburg, Calif., ca. 1915-ca. 1925

BANC PIC 1905.11964-.11965 -- fALB

The Bancroft Library



University of California

Berkeley, California 1996
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    Finding aid completed:
    September 1996
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Redwood Manufacturers Company Plant in Pittsburg, Calif.,
Date: ca. 1915-ca. 1925
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.11964-.11965 -- fALB
Extent: 274 photographs, various sizes; compiled in 2 albums, 18 x 35 cm. and 29 x 40 cm. 41 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is available for use.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Redwood Manufacturers Company Plant in Pittsburg, Calif., BANC PIC 1905.11964-.11965--fALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

Scope and Content

The Redwood Manufacturers Company Plant in Pittsburg, Calif. albums contain 274 photographic prints taken circa 1915 to circa 1925. The subject of the albums is the Redwood Manufacturers Co. (Remco), located in Pittsburg adjacent to the U.S. Steel Corporation. Both albums feature scenes from the Remco factory and wharf which include grounds, lumber yards, machinery, a wide array of Remco redwood products --such as pipes, tanks, doors, balusters, posts, shingles, siding, railing, columns, and models --and several steam ships. The second album (1905.11965) also pictures residential exteriors presumably featuring Remco products, installation activity, damaged buildings, a loading crane accident, and Remco president C.J. Wood.
Photographers featured in the collection include R.J. Waters & Co. and Frost Photo of Oakland.
Several photographs have been glued to the album pages, thus preventing access to their verso captions.

Container Listing

 

1905.11964 [Album 1]

 

:1 Ships unloading at wharf of Redwood Mnfrs. [Redwood Manufacturers] Co. Pittsburg, Calif.

 

:1a Fleet of lumber schooners at dock of Redwood Mnfrs [Redwood Manufacturers] Co. Pittsburg, Calif. Lumber was brought from mills along the coast.

 

:2 Dock and yard. S.S. Ravalli in foreground. Rough pile along track appears to be bundled redwood shakes.

 

:3 S.S. Ravalli unloading. Sling loads were assembled by hand in the hold, raised & swung over the side to the 4-wheel cars on the wharf.

 

:4 [Wharf scene. S.S. Ravalli unloading lumber. Redwood Manufacturers Company. Pittsburg, California.]

 

:5 Storage and seasoning yard. Redwood. White building, left of center, is C.A. Hooper's flour mill, later burned.

 

:6 Storage and seasoning yard. Note narrow-gauge industrial railroad and mule power. Redwood.

 

:7 Storage and seasoning yard. Lumber from ship-side drawn to yard and piled by hand. Note 2" x 4" stickers (separators) projecting beyond the ends of the boards to protect the ends against direct sun & to prevent end-checking. On #7 note slope of pile toward alley-way.

 

:8 Storage and seasoning yard. Lumber from ship-side drawn to yard and piled by hand. Note 2" x 4" stickers (separators) projecting beyond the ends of the boards to protect the ends against direct sun & to prevent end-checking. On #7 note slope of pile toward alley-way.

 

:8a [Water tank. Redwood Manufacturers Company. Pittsburg, California.]

 

:9 Office, water tank & planing mill.

 

:10 Power house, sheds, etc. Pittsburg in right rear. Dry kilns right-front.

 

:11 Power house. Corliss-type engines, belt-driven generators. Small dynamo -- exciter.

 

:12 [Engine and belt-driven generator. Interior of power house. Redwood Manufacturers Company. Pittsburg, California.]

 

:13 Interior of planing mill. Belt-driven machines.

 

:14 Planing mill and factory. Redwood door factory.

 

Planing mill.

 

:17 Tank factory.

 

:18 A corner in the tank factory. Finished staves on tracks; floor of tank in fore-ground ready for marking of the circle. Cement-block walls.

 

:19 The pipe factory. Assembled pipe with temporary chain-clamps at right. Pipe in machine is being wound with heavy wire. Some pipes were later rolled in hot tar; then rolled in shavings.

 

:20 Frame stock & moldings.

 

:21 Redwood doors leaning against a pile of flat-piled doors.

 

:22 Boxed products. Samples of redwood balusters, once a large-volume product.

 

:23 Porch columns & posts. Newel post.

 

:24a Office. In 1957 the office bldg. after being emptied was burned by fire dept. as a firemen's practice fire. Site sold to U.S. Steel Corp.in 1956 and cleared in 1957 for expansoin of the Steel Corp. plant.

 

:24b Power plant and fuel bin. Dry kilns. Hay warehouse. Horse barn. Columbia Steel Co. Columbia Steel Co. built about 1912-1915.

 

:24c Power house & fuel bin, cyclones on top. Shaving suction pipe from planing mill to fuel house.

 

:24d Planing mill paralleling transfer track.

 

:24e Power plant. D.K. = old dry kilns. In rear -- back of steel smoke stacks -- the plant of Colulmbia Steel Co. (U.S. Steel Corp.). Slanting pipes convey planing mill shavings to fuel bin at power plant boiler house.

 

:25 Wire-bound redwood pipe.

 

:26 Pipe couplings.

 

:27 [Composite photograph of pipe ends.]

 

:28 Wire-bound redwood pipe. [Photograph by R.J. Waters & Co.]

 

:29 Pipe factory. [Photograph by R.J. Waters & Co.]

 

:29a Redwood closets. [Photograph by R.J. Waters & Co.]

 

:30 [Wire-bound redwood pipe on freight car. Redwood Manufacturers Company. Pittsburg, California.]

 

:31 [Lumber schooners at loading dock. Redwood Manufacturers Company. Pittsburg, California.]

 

:32 [Lumber schooner at loading dock. Redwood Manufacturers Company. Pittsburg, California.]

 

:33 [Lumber schooners at loading dock. Redwood Manufacturers Company. Pittsburg, California.]

 

:34 [Lumber schooners at loading dock. Redwood Manufacturers Company. Pittsburg, California.]

 

1905.11965 [Album 2]

 

:1 Turbo-generator. Turbo-generator set. Purchased second-hand and replaced former corliss engines.

 

:2 Turbine.

 

Wood pipe. Redwood -- wire bound. About 1920.

 

:3

 

:4

 

:5

 

:6

 

:7

 

:8

 

:9

 

:10

 

:11

 

:12

 

:13

 

Wire-bound redwood pipe.

 

:14

 

:15

 

:16

 

:17

 

:18

 

:19

 

Experimental test set-up to determine resistance of redwood stove pipe to high pressure.

 

:20

 

:21

 

:22

 

:23

 

:24 [Yard scene.]

 

:25 [Yard scene.]

 

:26 [Yard scene, bundled wire.]

 

:27 Scrap wire.

 

:28 [Redwood pipe.]

 

Pipe test.

 

:29

 

:30

 

:31

 

Wire-bound redwood stove pipe installation.

 

:32

 

:33

 

:34

 

:35

 

Redwood pipe installations.

 

:36

 

:37

 

:38 Redwood pipe installations. C.J. Wood, president R.M. Co.

 

:39 [Unidentified men standing on pipe.]

 

:40 [Unidentified man and stack of wood.]

 

:41 [Wooden end piece for pipe or tank.]

 

:42 [Pipe or tank with end piece in place.]

 

:43 [Pipe installation scene.]

 

:44 [Piping and valve.]

 

:45 [Section of pipe in mud.]

 

:46 [Pipe in ditch.]

 

:47 [Factory scene.]

 

:48 [Pipe section.]

 

:49 [Factory scene.]

 

:50 [Pipe sections.]

 

:51 [Pipe section.]

 

:52 Old "Best" tractor forerunner, with "Holt" of Caterpillar Tractor Co. moving a tank.

 

Redwood tanks.

 

:53

 

:54

 

:55

 

:56

 

:57 [Yard scene.]

 

:58 [Yard scene.]

 

:59 [Yard scene.]

 

:60 [Yard scene.]

 

:61 [Yard scene.]

 

:62 [Pipe loaded on railway cars.]

 

:63 [Pipe loaded on railway cars.]

 

:64 [Pipe being loaded by crane.]

 

:65 [Pipe on railway car.]

 

:66 [Pipe stack.]

 

:67 [Pipe loaded on railway car.]

 

:68 [Section of California Laurel.]

 

:69 [Section of California Laurel.]

 

:70 [Section of California Laurel.]

 

:71 Calif. Laurel.

 

:72 [Sections of wood.]

 

:73 [Sections of wood.]

 

:74 [Unidentified wood section.]

 

:75 [Yard scene.]

 

:76 [Yard scene.]

 

:77 [Yard scene.]

 

:78 [Yard scene.]

 

:79 [Yard scene, with Remco sign.]

 

:80 [Yard scene.]

 

:81 [Yard scene with snow. 1922.] [Panorama with 2 attached photographs.]

 

:82 Jan. 30, 1922. [Yard scene with snow.]

 

:83 S.S. Caspar bound for Hawaii.

 

:84 Lumber schooner Caspar.

 

:85 [Wharf scene, with S.S. Caspar.]

 

:86 [ S.S. Caspar.]

 

:87 [Wharf scene, with S.S. Caspar.]

 

:88 [Wharf scene, with S.S. Caspar.]

 

:89 [Wharf scene.]

 

:90 A full deck load on S.S. Caspar.

 

:91 [Wharf scene.]

 

:92 [Wharf scene.]

 

:93 [Lumber on railway cars.]

 

:94 [Lumber yard, with railway cars.]

 

:95 World War I Liberty Bond drive among Remco employees. [Office, with postings.]

 

:96 World War I Liberty Bond drive among Remco employees. [Office, with postings.]

 

:97 World War I Liberty Bond drive among Remco employees. [Office, with postings.]

 

:98 World War I Liberty Bond drive among Remco employees. [Posting on office front.]

 

:99 World War I Liberty Bond drive among Remco employees. [Posintgs on office front.]

 

:100 Model of an important product of Redwood Mnfrs. Co. (Remco), Pittsburg, Calif.

 

:101 Kiln dried vs. air dried tank staves. K.D. lbr. [i.e. kiln dried lumber] S. side.

 

:102 Kiln dried vs. air dried tank staves. A.D. lbr. [i.e. air dried lumber] S. side.

 

:103 Kiln dried vs. air dried tank staves. A.D. lbr. [i.e. air dried lumber] N. side.

 

:104 Kiln dried vs. air dried tank staves. K.D. lbr. [i.e. kiln dried lumber] N. side.

 

:105 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:106 [Construction scene, with underground wooden tank.]

 

:107 [Construction scene, with underground wooden tank.]

 

:108 [Construction scene, with underground wooden tank.]

 

:109 Bundled redwood siding.

 

:110 Redwood shingles.

 

:111 Novelty shingles.

 

:112 Redwood tank staves.

 

:113 Redwood tank bottom being scribed.

 

:114 Bannister rails -- redwood.

 

:115 Redwood battens.

 

:116 Tank stock -- redwood. Thick clear redwood.

 

:117 Redwood balusters.

 

:118 Door styles -- redwood.

 

:119 [Tree sections on wagon.]

 

:120 Silo, pipe & tank models on parade, early 1920s.

 

Loading crane broken through dock of Pittsburg, Calif. Santa Fe R.R. crane leased for recovery.

 

:121

 

:122

 

:123

 

:124

 

:125

 

:126

 

:127

 

Loading crane broken through dock of Pittsburg, Calif. Santa Fe R.R. crane leased for recovery.

 

:128

 

:129

 

:130

 

:131

 

:132

 

:133

 

:134

 

:135

 

:136

 

:137

 

:138

 

:139

 

:140

 

:141

 

:142 [Wharf scene, with loading crane and lumber car.]

 

:143 [Wharf scene, with loading crane and ship.]

 

Bark Kobenhavn. Loaded for Australia Sept. 6th, 1923. 472,000' Clear Redwood lumber & door stock.

 

:144

 

:145

 

Steamer Horda. 2,606 tons. Loaded for Australia Jan. 12th, 1925. 572,000' Clear Redwood lumber & door stock.

 

:146

 

:147

 

Steamer Waitemata. 3,555 tons. Loaded for Australia December 20th, 1923. 487,000' Clear Redwood lumber & door stock.

 

:148

 

:149

 

:150 Steamer Caspar. This picture is to show where rail & water meet.

 

:151 Steamer Wilhelm Hemsoth. 2,960 tons. Loaded for Australia October 23rd, 1924. 1,311,000' Clear Redwood lumber & door stock.

 

:152 [Lumber yard at wharf.]

 

:153 [Wharf scene, with Steamer Horda.]

 

:154 Photograph of W.B. March Lumber Company's (Ivanhoe, Calif.) truck and trailer. Loaded wth 6,000 ft. of Merch. Redwood showing the steamer Talabot loading for Australia in the background.

 

:155 Steamer Talabot. 5,900 tons. Loaded for Australia May 20th, 1925. 979,000 ft. Clear Rwd. [i.e. Redwood] lumber & door stock.

 

:156 A shipment of assembled tanks to Alaska for storing whale oil. S.S. Confianza. [Photogrpah by Frost Photo.]

 

:157 To Alaska. [Photograh by Frost Photo.]

 

:158 [Factory scene.]

 

:159 [Factory scene.]

 

:160 [Factory scene. Duplicate of No. 186.]

 

:161 [Factory scene. Duplicate of No. 184.]

 

:162 [Wharf scene.]

 

:163 [Wharf scene.]

 

:164 [Lumber yard at wharf.]

 

:165 [Lumber yard.]

 

:166 [Wharf scene, with steamer Stanwood.]

 

:167 [Unidentified mechanism atop trailer.]

 

:168 [Lumber yard at wharf.]

 

:169 Flame test of a wall board made at Pittsburg, Calif.

 

:170 Wall board.

 

:171 [Wharf scene.]

 

:172 S.S. West Nivaria.

 

:173 Jan. 30, 1922. Remco. [Factory scene with snow.]

 

:174 [Wharf scene, with steamer West Sequana.]

 

:175 [Steamer West Nivatma?]

 

:176 S.S. Waitamata. Dec. 1923.

 

:177 [Lumber yard at wharf.] [Panorama of two attached photographs.]

 

:178 [Wood tanks.]

 

:179 Enlarging the old office. About 1920.

 

:180 [Unidentified factory worker.]

 

:181 Tiemann type dry kilns.

 

:182 [Factory scene.]

 

:183 Method of stacking lumber for Tiemann dry kilns -- 2 paired piles -- space between for air circulation -- air cooled at bottom & dried flat frames used to get ends lined up.

 

:184 [Factory scene. Duplicate of No. 161.]

 

:185 [Unidentified residence, with wood siding.]

 

:186 [Factory scene. Duplicate of No. 160.]

 

:187 [Garage, with wood siding.]

 

:188 Mission Sta. [i.e. Santa] Barbara. 7-1-25 [i.e. July 1, 1925].

 

:189 Edison Co. Power House. 7-1-25 [i.e July 1, 1925].

 

:190 [Specification table for windows.]

 

:191 State St. opp. Calif. Hotel. 7/1/25 [i.e. July 1, 1925].

 

:192 State St. Hotel California.

 

:193 Hotel California. 7-1-25 [i.e. July 1, 1925].

 

:194 7-1-25. [Lincoln School. July 1, 1925.]

 

:195 Hotel California. 7-1-25 [i.e. July 1, 1925].

 

:196 [Lumber yard at wharf.]

 

:197 [Wharf scene. Unidentified steamer.]

 

:198 [Wharf scene. Steamer Wilhelm Hemsoth.]

 

:199 [Wharf scene. Steamer West Nivaria.]

 

:200 [Wharf scene, with steamer Enton.] [Duplicate of No. 203.]

 

:201 [Lumber loaded onto truck.]

 

:202 S.S. Fort Sutter.

 

:203 [Wharf scene, with steamer Enton.] [Duplicate of No. 200.]

 

:204 [Lumber yard at wharf.]

 

:205 [Logo of Redwood Manufacturers Co.]

 

:206 [Interior, show house, with hardwood floor, custom moulding, etc.]

 

:207 [Interior, show house, with hardwood floor, custom moulding, etc.]

 

:208 [Exterior, show house.]

 

:209 [Remco truck.]

 

:210 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:211 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:212 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:213 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:214 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:215 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:216 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:217 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:218 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:219 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:220 [Unidentified residence under construction.]

 

:221 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:222 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:223 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:224 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:225 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:226 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:227 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:228 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:229 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:230 [Unidentified residence.]

 

:231 [Advertisement for Remco redwood screen door.]

 

:232 [Unidentified residence.]