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VMA's 75th Anniversary: Photo Gallery
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A Pictorial history

Valves go back as far as the Roman Empire. But real progress has primarily taken place in the past 150 years, spurred by the Industrial Revolution. Starting 75 years ago, VMA became an important and leading voice for the growing industry. The photos below capture VMA’s and the industry’s rich past and contributions.


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First U.S. valve patent

72 in. eddy

1500 WOG valve

Scientific American 1856

Powell 1868

Ball valve 1871

Crane 1876

Chapman 1885

Crane catalog 1900

Chapman plant 1905

Car in valve

Powell ad 1912, no bolt holes

Valve Testing Cart 1921

Jenkins ad 1921

Thomas Edison opens Powell Valve 1922

Jenkins ad 1921

Copes regulator 1927

Gate with spur gear

Hoover Dam patent

Odd gate valve design

Large valve being shipped by train

Mason Neilan truck 1930's

Man beside 7-inch gate valve

Crane Chicago plant 1940

Crane ad 1944

Assembling valves circa 1945

Chapman plant 1945

Lunkenheimer plant 1948

Large valve test 1950

Cooper ad 1950's

Lunkenheimer plant 1950

Crane pressure seal ad 1952

Limitorque ad 1953

Vogt forged steel products ad

Chapman welded bonnet

Checking dimensions

Horizontal swing check

Load of waterworks valves

Valve casting

Valve testing

Lunkenheimer ad

Mason regulator

Valve test

Valves on Navy ship

Water pumping station

Crane Co. building

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