Standing portrait of George Trapp, a blue-collar worker, looking left; dressed in work clothes including a cap, white shirt, vest, and smock; holding the neck of a green glass carboy in left hand; to left, crates used to transport carboys, labeled VITRIOL; factory interior and tools of the trade visible in background.
Gilded frame with label: "GEORGE TRAPP / OIL OF VITRIOL DEPT. / EMPLOYED 1881-1932". Oil of vitriol is a historic name for sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid is used in industrial contexts to manufacture chemicals, fertilizers, and explosives.
Artist Gerrit A. Beneker (1882-1934) was an American painter and illustrator, particularly known for his paintings of American industry in the 1920s. Otto Haas commissioned Beneker to paint a series of pictures showing Bridesburg employees.
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