The Roaring, Flaming Maw of the Electric Phosphate Smelting Furnace

Alfred T. Palmer took this photograph of raw industrial beauty in Alabama, 1942. What you're seeing is an enormous, high-tech (at the time) furnace for making elemental phosphorus, a chemical widely used in fertilizers. You can see the some of the engineering features of this machine in today's ultra-modern server… » 1/25/08 7:00am 1/25/08 7:00am