National Geographic : 1933 Apr
Photograph from Hastings and Co. POUNDING THIN GOLD SHEETS INTO THINNER GOLD LEAI Machines are sometimes used in the preliminary pounding, but the last few hours of work, when gold is reduced to transparent thinness, must be done by hand. Even atmospheric conditions may cause the gold leaf to break. Gold may be beaten so thin that a pile of 1,200 sheets of gold leaf is thinner than a sheet of ordinary writing paper. Photograph byInternational News MOVING DAY FOR A PART OFUNCLE SAM'S GOLD STOCK Nearly two billion dollars'worth ofgold, with some silver, comprising about 1,000ooosuch truck loads,was transferred from theUnited States Subtreasury in New York tothe new Assay Office. Each truck was manned by seven guards; each guard carried ariot and machine gun, besides his side arms. The route was heavily patrolled.