Retro photos: Ten hut!

Can you help ID these photos?

It might be a visual cliche, but we love a lineup of bucket trucks or ladder trucks standing at attention. I discovered we like vertical lines because they symbolize hope and cheerfulness. An article about the psychology of lines said, "a thick vertical line conveys strength and rigidity, as in a tree trunk, whereas a thin vertical line can convey fragility or delicacy, like the stem of a wine glass."

So there you are.

These photos are from the Duke Energy archives. If you recognize any of the people, programs or locations, email, and include the photo number or attach the image. We'll publish as many of your responses as we can. See some photo IDs below.


Photo 733: Who is this Piedmont Natural Gas employee, and what is he doing? And why is he doing it at night?


Photo 734: Do you recognize these Piedmont Natural Gas employees, or the location?


Photo 750: We have some fans of old cars and trucks so this one should be fun to figure out. What is the make, model and year of these vintage Cincinnati Gas & Electric trucks standing at attention?


Photo 755: We think this is a Cinergy Corp. rotating maintenance crew. Who are they? Where was the photo taken?

We have some IDs for you


Photo 737: Debra Crisp passes along this info from retired teammate Steve Smirlis: “This is Bobbie Mathews, Florida Power meter technician. There is one clue that confirms. Bobbie always wore a pocket protector in his shirt pocket. When I magnified this photo, sure enough, there it is. I think the project was collecting load management and residential time of use data and I believe the device is a Sangamo SR1 Survey Recorder.”


Photo 746: Larry Dunlap is in the photo and said: “That was the Simulator Support Group back when I was the supervisor in the Brunswick Nuclear Station Training Department. Nearly 30 years ago! We had been given a Quality Achievement Award for 1995 for creating a stand-alone simulator based on the Full Scope Nuclear Plant Simulator at Brunswick that could be used in a classroom. We could connect it to an overhead display and show the operators scenarios, control board indications and graphics of various plant events. It was a first-of-its-kind type device. And was really cool.”

From the right are Eddie Hawkins, simulator test operator, Dick Rice, HW tech, Mike McKinney, graphics and software, Larry Dunlap, supervisor, Sam Cantey, software, Ken Palmeter, testing and ops support, Susan Johnson, admin, and Victor Coleman, HW tech.