When I graduated high school I went into an apprenticeship for tool and die.
It was more my father's idea than mine.
I couldn't complain, the pay was very good at Circle F Industries. It afforded me all I wanted at the time.
Alas, this was the early 1970's and the economy went to hell (remember the gas lines).
I was layed off after two and a half years.
The one bright spot in my time at Circle F Industries, was my meeting two tool makers who were photography enthusiasts.
They got me started in 35mm photography, and before long, I was developing my own film in my parent's basement.
A good friend of mine, Tom Giraldi (where are you now?) and I started doing concert photos
We photographed every show that came through the Philadelphia Spectrum in those years.
I think back fondly on those times. Anyway, back to tool & die.
Below are more of the tools that are in my personal collection from those days.
Hope you enjoy them. Use the images to link to the gallery.
Old Starrett Micrometer
Starrett Thickness Gage