Whilst they are probably of little interest to the casual browser, to anyone in the steel industry they contain some interesting and at times even beautiful pictures.
Whilst I have worked all of my life in the steel industry, it is many years since I have been based at a Steelmaking plant, and at least ten years since I saw a furnace (The Falck electric melting shop at Sesto San Giovanni, close to Milan).
I am sure that there are a number of others out there that have memories of steel plants long gone, in Europe and North America, whose locations are now shopping malls or business parks. It would be interesting to "unearth" any pictures out there of some of these old plants. Whilst I appreciate these are likely to be somewhat rarer than modern pictures which are more numerous due to the development of digital photography, I am sure they exist in the offices of magazines, newspapers and private collections.
If anyone has any, and would be prepared to post them on the flickr steel group, I would love to receive a link to them , which I will post on the blog.
On a purely personal level, does anyone have any old pictures of the Steel, Peech and Tozer or Parkgate steel plants in Rotherham? (Now Corus, well at least for a few more weeks!)
Oh and for anyone interested, BBC Radio 2 produced a program called the Song of Steel earlier this year about the Sheffield steel industry, details on their website here.