Unless otherwise noted, photos are from Pallets Unlimited, New Hyde Park, Long Island, May 2013.

through slats

Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

mannequin

Two pallet repair workstations. The going pay is 35 cents per pallet. Note the tables, which are made of pallets. Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

whitewood convering in the sky

Whitewood. Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

chep in jail

Unhappy blues. Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

condemned

Pallets before slaughter: these are too damaged for repair, and so will be mulched. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

grinder from high

The industrial grinder: loud, impressive. Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

grinder close-up

Close-up of the industrial grinder. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

flat with red

Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

blue vs white

The War of Blue Against White, socialist-realist/monumental edition. Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

work table perspective

Sometimes there is a shock of geometry. Geometric overwhelm. Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

sunlight

Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

severo

Severo, a veteran palletman, in a sea of pallets. Greg's Pallets, Hunts Point, the Bronx, April 2012. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

Greg's Pallets, Hunts Point, the Bronx, April 2012. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

Greg's Pallets, Hunts Point, the Bronx, April 2012. Note the towers of plastic iGPS pallets. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

we buy pallets

Hunts Point, the Bronx, April 2012. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

second avenue

Rite-Aid delivery truck, First Avenue, March 2012. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

Photo Section, Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, Official Photograph No. 993 60, ca. 1943, Mostly WWII Historical Studies of Select QM Depots and other Field Installations, 1943–1952 (WWII QM Depot Studies), Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group 92 (RG 92), National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD (National Archives at CP).

Photo Section, Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, "Shipment of Bales of Clothing to Posts, Camps, and Stations" (Official Photograph No. 1336 6), ca. 1943, WWII QM Depot Studies, RG 92, National Archives at CP.

Photo Section, Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, "Can't be sure, but I think the guy on the right is an asshole," ca. 1943, WWII QM Depot Studies, RG 92, National Archives at CP.

Photo Section, Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, "Pallet Jack" (Official Photograph No. 922 2), ca. 1943, WWII QM Depot Studies, RG 92, National Archives at CP.

Photo Section, Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, "Bales Warehoused on Pallets" (Official Photograph No. 1130 31), ca. 1943, WWII QM Depot Studies, RG 92, RG 92, National Archives at CP.

Photo: Kirsti Itämeri.

Photo: Jacob Hodes.

Photo: Jacob Hodes.

Whitewood is notably full of cats. They love the slats and negative space. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

Photo: Jacob Hodes.

The sorting. Photo: Jacob Hodes.

From various pallet yards. Photos: Jacob Hodes.