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Iron Chink at Work in P.A.F. Cannery

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Asahel Curtis, IRON CHINK AT WORK IN P.A.F. CANNERY (1905). Courtesy of the Seattle Museum of History and Industry.

Creator Asahel Curtis
Context Technological innovations during industrialization sped up the processing of canned goods and contributed to unemployment.
Audience Unknown
Purpose To show how the Iron Chink sped up the mass production of canned salmon and displaced workers

Historical Significance

In 1903, the Iron Chink changed the production process for canned salmon. Before the Iron Chink, Chinese cannery workers manually butchered and canned salmon. This machine, however, cut the fish open, separated the fins, and cleaned out the guts. The Iron Chink drastically cut the processing time, while simultaneously taking away the jobs of Chinese workers.

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