Welfare Room, Bethlehem Steel, 2006, by Don Giles.
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Credit: Courtesy of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Don Giles photo

When the Bethlehem Steel Corporation shut down the massive Bethlehem mill complex in 1995, whole sections of the plant were simply abandoned. In this "welfare room," steelworkers used to lock their valuables in suspended baskets and other containers to protect them while they were on the job.

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