Archive ID: 1981-121-5

Pressed Steel Car Company, World War I bond rally

Date Created: 1918

Donor: Frank Moll

Media Type: Photograph


Pressed Steel, previously known as Western Steel, was an early steel manufacturer of railroad cars located in Hegewisch, currently the southernmost neighborhood of Chicago. Conceived as a company mill town on the model of nearby Pullman, the town was founded by Adolph Hegewisch in 1882. As a businessman, however, Hegewisch was far less successful than industrialist George Pullman. The town of Hegewisch was incorporated into the city of Chicago a few years later. Western/Pressed Steel was heavily involved in military production of shells and tanks during both World War I and World War II. During World War I, immigrant workers were strongly encouraged to buy bonds to help the war effort as shown in this photo of a bond rally in 1918. This series of photographs were donated to the Museum by Hegewisch resident Frank Moll.

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