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Light Industry: 1941

Light Industry: 1941

January 1941. "Textile mill working all night in Lowell, Massachusetts." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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The Lowell Gas Light office on the corner is an art gallery now and the building on the right houses the streetcar museum, or did.

Beat street

A view that Beat Generation legend Jack Kerouac, a native of Lowell, undoubtedly saw many times.

Worth a visit today

Lowell National Historical Park is a 141-acre urban park comprised of preserved canals, locks, mill buildings, and other historic structures related to textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution.

Having been raised in the Motor City (Detroit, Michigan), I am amazed to learn about the history and organized labor of an industry other than automobile manufacturing.

We visit LNHP every time we visit our son and daughter-in-law in the Boston area, and learn something new every time. It’s definitely worth a visit. One can see the very same view that is shown in the Shorpy photo.

https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm

22 Shattuck Street

Established in 1849, the Lowell Gas Light Company supplied piped coal gas that lit the city’s mills, businesses, and street lamps. Designed in the more contemporary and elegant Italianate style, the building contrasted with earlier Federal and Greek Revival structures downtown. Built to house the company’s administrative offices, the original building was added on to several times, the last being a 1920s gable-roofed rear wing containing a gas appliance showroom. - via Richard Howe's Lowell Politics & History

Complete with ghost truck

I wonder how long the exposure was?

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