Photo #N6-37

Hitler's Valve???

This valve was manufactured by Crane Steel in the USA during the 1930's. Note the swastika-like symbol on the daytime closeup. This symbol -- a Coptic Cross, symbolizing peace and prosperity -- was Crane Steel's logo prior to World War II when Hitler's regime co-opted the symbol giving it the Nazi connotation. Despite the fact that these valves were US made and had nothing to do with Hitler, most of the crosses on similar valves at the gas plant were filed off during or after World War II. This one somehow survived. The valve was still in use at the absorption plant in 1985 when the facility was abandoned. Special thanks go out to Diane Rosvold, TVGP's Senior Interpreter / Site Supervisor for providing the real story behind this valve.


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