Mobile Penicillin Lab

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"They asked me if I had any ideas, and I said I would investigate. I investigated with Westinghouse and together we put an idea together to have a mobile penicillin laboratory to be transported to the African scene....That {the mobile penicillin lab} was prelude to my boxcar period. It was designed as two long tubular chambers in a T-form. The manufacturing laboratory to plant the mold was across the front, and the room to incubate the penicillin mold came off that." - Oral History

The Mobile Penicillin Lab built on design ideas that Goldberg had developed in the Mobile Delousing Unit. Unlike the mast-hung structure used in that earlier project, the Mobile Penicillin lab consisted of two long units, to be shop built and transported with its equipment in place for easy assembly in the field. With the end of WWII and a dramatic drop in penicillin prices, the mobile penicillin lab was never built.

The design followed word on the Standard Houses, which featured plywood skin construction, and it is likely a similar technique was envisioned for the Mobile Penicillin Lab. An early model suggests wood construction, but as it is without detail,  the intended construction remains unknown. A white model was made later, in the 1980s, and is a recasting of the project, with a revised plan and use of details from the 1950s Unicel and the Snyder House projects.