Retro photos: The first lineworkers Retro photos: The first lineworkers

Retro photos: The first lineworkers

Can you help us ID these old pictures?


Today is National Lineman Appreciation Day. In 2013, Duke Energy helped lead the effort to secure a Senate resolution that marked April 18 as a day for utilities, brands, celebrities and companies across the country to thank and recognize lineworkers for their service.

To celebrate, here are a few photos of Duke Energy and legacy company lineworkers throughout the years. The following photos are from the Duke Energy archives in Charlotte, N.C. Some have details, but many are missing identification. Help us improve our records by sending us your memories about the photos below. You can send us an email at, and please include the photo number or attach the image.

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Photo 342: This photo from the Public Service Indiana collection is labeled “the first PSI lineman.” Do you know anything about him?


Photo 344: Another from Public Service Indiana – noted as a group of the first PSI lineworkers from 1951. Any idea who any they are?


Photo 343: This is a Florida Power lineworker rescuing a cat from a pole. Do you know him or when this happened? Any other details?


Photo 348: Who is this Duke Energy lineworker? What region and time frame is this?


Photo 349: Another Duke Energy lineworker – do you know who he is?


Photo 352: Who are these Carolina Power and Light lineworkers from the 1950s? What kind of transformer is this? 


Photo 353: Do you know where this Carolina Power and Light employee is working? Who is he, what year is it and what do you think he’s working on?

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