In 1939, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company commemorated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the process of vulcanization by Charles Goodyear. The Story of the Tire booklet (above), tells the story of rubber from raw material through the manufacture and marketing of tires and other products. Factories and offices located around the world included one in Los Angeles. The Volunteer, one of as many as six airships in service at one time, was permanently based in Los Angeles.
1939 developments included:
- Goodyear tires used on Admiral Richard Byrd’s Snow Cruiser for Antarctic expedition.
- Goodyear Aircraft Corporation formed, grows from a work force of 30 to 35,000 in two-and-a-half years.
- Goodyear conveyor belt system used at Shasta Dam to haul aggregate nearly 10 miles.
To learn more, see https://corporate.goodyear.com/en-US/about/history.html .