Found on Shorpy is this paint and panel shop 1926:
(link for full sized picture: http://www.shorpy.com/node/7154?size=_original)
Pretty nice shop, look at the concrete beam ceiling, I especially like the two guys sanding next to the poor soul painting.
Neat pic I see a 25-26 Willys-Knight model 66 off to the left rear of the shop very cool. I own one of those cars, which makes it that much more specail.
Love the work done right by a pool of (oil?)!
think of overspray, fumes, dust, but at least it has a fire door!
That pool of oil is the dust abatement system.
Notice all of the safety gear too! Dave
Not only is this wwwaaaaayyyy before OSHA but I also notice very little masking. Perhaps overspray was not bad with the unit being used. Is the paint in the can on the floor and compressed air feeding it to the gun? Can't imagine what those guys inhaled each day.
Also, what is the 50-884 car?
They were using lacquer paints in those days. Lacquer dries very fast so overspray is more like dust. They would have likely wetsanded and buffed the paint after the spray had dried.
Totally unlike alkyd and acrylic enamels.
I believe this is a "posed" photo, and that the guy isn't actually spraying in the photo, as the car he's aiming at has not been masked off. He'd spray right onto the seats and hardware.
Quite possibly, as low light like this would have 'ghosted' moving people as well.
I also think that, if we could see the walls on the left & right sides, there would be a big fan in there.
The car in the middle is a 1921 or 1922 Studebaker Light Six. The suicide front doors give it away. A '23-'24 wouldn't have that. Front bumper & shocks were an after market accessory.
Tha center & right cars look sanded if you look at the high rez picture. Maybe he is just using the gun to air spray the dust off. I don't see any tack cloth anywhere. Paint in those days was probably more for corrosion protection. It doesn't seem like people washed there cars much in those days judging from other pictures I've seen. Why would they wash a car with the roads so bad.