Oxide Furnaces of the Passaic Zinc Company

ID: SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-3815]

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Glass negatives

Date: 1880

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 011, Image No. MAH-3815

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Oxide furnaces of the Passaic Zinc Company, Jersey City, New Jersey, in full blast. The middle row of doors is for the introduction of the charge; the upper row is for admitting air to oxidize the volatilized zinc, and to cool the products of combustion; the lower doors are for withdrawing ashes and refuse that fall through the grate. The small pipes at the side of each furnace supply air to the furnaces under pressure (blast). The large pipes leading from the tops of the furnaces are to convey the oxide of zinc suspended in the products of combustion and air to the bags, where it is filtered out. In the front of each furnace is a pile of mixed ore and coal ready to be charged into the furnace.


  • Dewey, Fred. P (Frederic Perkins) 1855-1921
  • United States National Museum
  • a United States National Museum Department of Metallurgy and Economic Geology


  • Collected by curator of metallurgy and economic geology, Frederic P. Dewey, to illustrate metallurgical processes and mineral resources of the United States.
  • Description from "Bulletin of the United States National Museum, No. 42: A Preliminary Descriptive Catalogue of the Systematic Collections in Economic Geology and Metallurgy in the United States National Museum," page xvi.
  • USNM No. 51102.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 011, Image No. MAH-3815

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1880
  • 1880s

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  • Mining
  • Ironwork
  • Mineral industries
  • Metal-work
  • Mines and mineral resources
  • Iron foundries
  • Metallurgy


Jersey City (N.J.)


Glass negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-3815]

Physical description

5 x 8;

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