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Joe Boothroyd's insurance card that outlines the benefits offered by the Woolen Mill.

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A drawing of the woolen mills for insurance purposes.

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A book describing the mills owned by the American Woolen Company in the 1920's. The Maynard description is shown as well as some introductory pages.

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A copy of a large framed lithograph.

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A piece of the first carpet manufactured in Assabet Mills in 1847. The cloth was preserved and handed down through the Maynard family. It was last owned by William Gutteridge, author of "A Brief History of Maynard, Mass. - 1921". William…

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A collection of pictures, interior and exterior, of the old paymaster building when the mill was operated by the American Woolen Company.

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Some identified people:
On left: Elizabeth Primiano, Celeste Primiano, Louise Colombo, Theresa Colombo, Domenica Colombo, __ DeGrapppo, Mary Lattuca, Maria Terrasi , Kay Costanza

On right: Rose Valeno, Caroline Valeno, Nelly Valeno, __Crowther

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A ledger beginning in November 1884 through September 1901 reporting the various accidents that occurred in the woolen mill. These include deaths, amputations, broken bones, bruises, lacerations etc... The author of the ledger is unknown. Many of…

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This curfew bell, cast in England in 1856, signaled to the mill employees that by 9 p.m. each night they were to be home and in bed. Amory Maynard warned that any of his employees found on the streets after the bell tolled would lose their jobs. In…

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During the flood of the Assabet River on March 13,1936, the river rose high enough to spill over its banks and to include the Walnut Street machine shop in mill Building No. 11 as part of the river.

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This is one of the large boilers used to heat the mill buildings. The boilers could be fired by either gas or oil with an easy conversion.

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This large floor safe was installed in the main office building in the Assabet Mills.

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This shuttle with a bobbin of Khaki yarn was used in the Assabet Mills during World War One.

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At first, the traditional wooden waterwheel was the prime mover in the Mill. Power was transmitted to the machines in different parts of the mill buildings by an intricate series of shafts and belts.

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With the installation of a dynamo in the new power plant, electricity became available and on September 1, 1902, a contract was made between the American Woolen Company and the Town of Maynard for lighting the streets of the town. Thus, the old…

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Carding step 1.
The wool fibers are straightened and smoothed as they go through one cad cylinder after another. The photo 318.a shows a section of a back winder.
Carding step 2.
After carding, the wide, thin web of wool fiber into strips.…

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Fabrics are steamed, brushed, sheared and pressed during this series of operations. The nap is raised by brushes and then cut to a uniform height by the huge shear blade, which operates like a stationary lawn mower as the fabric is fed under it.…