Retro photos: tools of the trade Retro photos: tools of the trade

Retro photos: tools of the trade

Help our archivists ID these old pictures


Duke Energy’s Charlotte, N.C., headquarters houses thousands of old photos from Florida to Ohio and Kentucky to the Carolinas. However, many of the photos are not properly identified. 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 291: Do you recognize this employee from the Cinergy collection? Do you know what he’s working on?


Photo 297: The next two photos are from the Florida Power collection. Do you know what these employees at the Crystal River Complex are doing or who they are?


Photo 303: What kind of device are these Crystal River employees using?


Photo 307: This undated photo from the Public Service Indiana collection was taken in Shelbyville, Ind. The train-like vehicle shown is the company’s interurban, an extensive electric-transit system that ran between towns in the early 1900s. It likely has more traffic today, but do you know if this city block looks the same? Do the buildings still stand?

Mysteries solved!


Duke Energy employee James Howell recognized the building in photo 247. He said the drawing was an artist concept of Nashville Gas’ main business office on Church Street in Nashville, Tenn. Howell remembers visiting the office to do paperwork as a new employee in 1983. Over the years, he maintained the gas-fired chillers on the roof and moved appliances in and out of the building’s showroom display in the first-floor window.

He also recognized the trailer in photo 248, which he said was used to promote natural gas at events.



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