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Not Pictured: Hector DuBois

Not Pictured: Hector DuBois

Group in front of Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Everyone in photo was working there. Boy not photographed: Hector Dubois, 24 Water St., doffer who crushed finger in pump. Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. View full size.

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I notice in these old photos so many indications frankly of affection--arms around each other's shoulders, even holding hands--that one would never see in young men of their age today. I don't believe there is any "gay" element to it--people just had a different perspective on interpersonal relationships in those days. It was a camaradarie among peers instead of the competition that exists today.

Taller derby hats (about six seen here)

In those day used to identify the jobs held; such as bookkeepers, secretarys, etc. I've noticed, in looking at many older photos that some temporary workers wore the hats that identified their 'other work'.


a plenty in that group.

What a group!

I bet there were some characters in this group! Is anyone over 5 feet tall?

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