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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Nice Threads: 1908

Nice Threads: 1908

The workplace of 100 years ago. "Operatives in Indianapolis Cotton Mill. Noon Hour. August 1908." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Brower & Love Bros Co.

The only cotton mill listed in the 1909 Indianapolis City Directory is Brower & Love Bros. with an address of 'White River at foot of Wabash.

Wabash was relegated to "alley" status over the years, continuing to exist as narrow passages between downtown buildings.

The mill site is now within the Indiana University Purdue University campus and specifically the location of the National Institute for Fitness and Sports.

Threaded humor

But very funny...

The "nice threads" pun is

The "nice threads" pun is almost certainly contrary to Hine's intentions for this photo.

You mean there were no "good ol days"?

I had always believed that women were not commonly found in the workplace until WWII. They certainly outnumber the men here. (And just kidding about the good old days comment ladies.)

Beautiful

I don't know where you keep finding these sensational photos. This one is great. Look at all these handmade dresses!

 
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