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Longshoreman cast figure in exhibition setting

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Longshoreman cast figure in exhibition setting
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Paula Johnson

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Making the Exhibition
Container Back Story — Creating the Scene

RELATED OBJECTS
Container crane operator


Longshoreman cast figure
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This cast figure was made for the section on containerization in "America on the Move." It depicts an African-American longshoreman dressed in coveralls, work boots, and hardhat. He is meant to represent a longshoreman working as a container crane operator in Oakland, California, about 1970.
Physical Description
Exhibit prop
Details
Date Made:
2003
Dates Used:
2003 - 2003
Locations:
California
History
The job that magnifies the difference between conventional longshoring and containerization is that of the crane operator, who works alone in a cab high above the pier. The crane operator's job requires superior hand-eye coordination and concentration, as he deftly handles the controls to lift and lower containers to their precise locations.
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Maker
Karen Atta


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