Joseph, New York, Photography

Once Upon A Time

Over the past century Long Island has been the breeding ground for quite a few world famous companies.  We all know the airplane wasn’t invented here on Long Island but it certainly matured here with companies like Curtiss Aircraft, Sperry Gyroscope, Grumman and Republic Aviation.

Those of you like myself who are also fellow audiophiles will remember companies like Marantz which was started in an apartment in Kew Gardens Queens, or two engineers who were employed by the Bogen corporation by the names of Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon that founded Harman/Kardon in Plainview, Long Island.

I am sure there are plenty of companies I failed to mention but lets see how many of you remember this company which was started in West Islip Long Island. I remember this company because I was always a motorhead and loved race cars of any type and at one point most every race car used these fasteners to quickly remove body panels.

The name of the company is Dzus Fastener Company (pronounced Zues)


These fasteners were not invented for race cars they were originally designed for aircraft to be able quickly disassemble fuselage sections for service purposes.  The factory is now abandoned but the company still lives on in another location.


This is a photo what used to be the guard shack where all visitors and business people would have to check in.


Here is a photo that was shot through the glass of the guard shack natural destruction process taking place.


Everything at this abandoned location seems to be frozen in time like everyone left in a hurry.


In typical government contractor fashion the windows are painted so passers by cannot see the manufacturing process.

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Here is an old gear driven hoist that has been left to rust away.


An old rusting sign indicating which way to the receiving dock.


If you are interested here is more information on the Dzus Fastener Corporation click – here.


35 thoughts on “Once Upon A Time

  1. west517 says:

    I absolutely LOVE this set! Each photo contains so many elements that speak to me– gorgeous. And those vines…. delicious!


  2. A fascinating story Joe, and your photos illustrate it so well. I feel like in most abandoned places it’s as if the people left in a big hurry… which gives a reason to wonder what exactly happened and what were the stories untold. You are so good at capturing abandoned places, I love the photos! 🙂


    • Thank you very much Elina 🙂 This company is still in business and was bought by another company. They are doing business in another state which has lower taxes. The only people hurt were the workers who live on Long Island. We really should have a uniform tax code in the US so companies can’t move to another state because of lower taxes. We should live up to our name The United States Of America 🙂

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  3. So good to get some background on these great shots Joe. I always feel sad that these once vibrant places have been left to rust and even though they are now covered in cobwebs the photos seem to hum with memories.


  4. This series was a trip down memory lane for me coming from Long Island myself. I love the way you capture the beauty within the mess. I was just wondering if Dzus had any idea of how far his invention would change the face of manufacturing when he came up with his idea! Not only did he revolutionize the aircraft industry, and race cars, but look at the how camlocs are used in the companies that sell Ready to Assemble furniture. They all use the camloc system. I know, cause I have put together many pieces of furniture that use them. And to think, It all started right there on Long Island! Here’s another one. Remember S & K Speed? Great work Joe!!


  5. Incidentally, my computer’s speakers were manufactured by Harman/Kardon. They are over ten years old, and sing like an angel. Got it with my HP computer system. High quality stuff.

    I feel so sad to see all these building rot into nothingness. Living in a world of limited resources, these buildings should be restored and used for something else. Just abandoning them is not a rational thing to do. Nobody said man was a rational being.

    Love your work Joe. Thanks a bunch.




    • I had audio components that were made by Harman/Kardon about 3 towns away from here. I had a Harman/Kardon Citation 16A amplifier which could have also been used as an arc welder, LOL. When they stopped making their components in Plainview I sold them and now I own Canadian components by a company called Bryston which carry a 20 year warranty (unheard of). Thank you again and have a great weekend Omar 🙂


  6. LB says:

    A great photographer brings beauty to ruin, and tells the story. I absolutely love these shots from a photography perspective, and appreciate the history, too.


  7. Interesting photos. There is a sadness about them – I think there are a lot of buildings like this across America where the businesses have failed. I follow Seth Lawless on FaceBook and he photographs deserted malls which I find so sad.


  8. So interesting Joe. Your photo’s are a little eerie in a way. You nailed it with your description. It’s like everyone left in a big hurry. I can’t imagine how these companies aren’t made to reclaim the property when they leave and this building is just rotting away. Yah for us because we get to see it all through your lens. My favourite is the floor of the guard shack. It’s like that desk is just plunked in the middle of the forest.


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