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

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

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.

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…

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.…

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.…

In 1862,the mills became the Assabet Manufacturing Company. The small wooden buildings were replaced by brick buildings of enlarged capacity. New machinery was installed, and the manufacture of carpets changed to the manufacture of blankets, flannels…

Wool sorters seperate the the newly arrived wool and sort the fibers according to type, grade and length.

Left to right: Frank Grieve, A. Carlton, W. Spatt, W. Bain,______, George Stewart.

Photos of individual Woolen Company Employees 1935.
2013.241- 244
(top left)G. Stuart, mill chemist (top right) H.C. Johnson. production manager. (bottom left) Frank Brayden, boss fuller
(bottom right) Roy Nelson,…

Operator in Weave Room March 19, 1901.

Employees of the dry finishing department 1905.
Front Row:
Second from left Albert C. Fourth from left P. Carbone

Photo of young boys working at blending. Scored wool and other fibers are blended before carding. As of 1891, one eighth of the workers were less than 16 years old and made 5.5 cents per hour.
Photo of a team of pipe fitters who are part of the…

Drawing In Room Employees:
Front Row:
Frank Riley, John Manning
Second Row:
Third Row:
Maude Turnbull,____,___,___,Albert Batley, Mame McCarthy, Clara Binks,___,____
Back Row:
_____, Jim Sheridan,_____,John Sheridan, Fred…

A book listing the different types of wool with related prices per roll as noted in 1929.

Sewing Room Employees.
Starting with first row.
Margaret Keegan, Nellie McHan, Mame Kelly, Lizzie McHass, Cecelia O'Toole, Meg Scully, Net Binns?, Kate Sweeney, Sadie McGarrey, Frank Moynihan, Connie Desmond, Mary Callahan, Nellie Crotty,…

Photo of Office Employees Dry Finishing Department.
Left to Right
Thomas Quirk, ____,_____,____, Tom Deane

Series of external views of the mill c.1930. One photo shows unloading of wool into the building.

Series of external views of the mill buildings taken July 18, 1931and November 22,1931. Some photos indicate year the building was added.