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Catalog Number B1993.18.6
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description This black and white photograph depicts an interior view at the Laconia Needle Company, probably at the third floor at 117 Union Ave.

The room has dark narrow flooring and the walls are sheathed in narrow horizontal boards. The windows have narrow interior trim and dark spring shades. They may be 12/8. The ceiling is covered in belts, drive-shafts, and light fixtures. There are rows of profile milling machines on benches along either side of the room. These machines created the profile of the needle. There are at least 7 machines along each side of the room. Some appear to be in operation, as their gears are blurred from motion. Each machine has a small tinware pan beneath it (probably to catch waste flakes) and an iron weight hanging from it.
A man and a woman stand at the end of the left row of machines. The man wears eyeglasses, necklace, white tee-shirt, trousers and leather shoes and is bent over something small in his hands. The woman stands behind him, her face obscured, and wears a dark shirt, mid-calf skirt with checked pattern, and white shoes.
Along the back wall is a bench that is loaded with machine parts. Below are several wooden boxes covered in __________. There is a chair at the right, behind a second man. He works a machine at the end of the right row of profile milling machines. He is bald and wears wing-tipped eyeglasses with thick frames, white collared shirt with the sleeves rolled up, trousers, shoes, and dark apron. There appears to be a paper note adhered to the machine next to him. There are rows of florescent lights over each side of the rows of machines and one can see exterior windows along the left wall. A fourth man stands and works in the right corner of the room. There is a chair in the lower left corner, next to a tool box on the bench.
Printed in the lower left corner of the photograph is: "Aldrich / Photo Service and Supply / Tel. 117 / Lakeport, New Hampshire." Stamped in red on the verso is: "Aldrich / PHOTO SERVICE & SUPPLY, INC. / 646-650 Main St., Laconia, N.H."
Earliest Date 1940.0
Latest Date 1962.0
Place 117 Union Ave., Laconia, NH
History of Ownership Gift of Howard Bacon, 1993.
Studio Aldrich Photo Service and Supply
Additional Information 0.0
Repository from the collection of the Belknap Mill Society
People Unknown Man
Unknown Man
Unknown Man
Unknown Woman
Search Terms Laconia Needle Co.
117 Union Ave (WD Huse & Sons, Laconia Needle Co)
Subjects 1950s
Belts & belting (Equipment)
Electric lighting
Light fixtures
Machines, Milling
Milling machinery
Milling machines
Sewing equipment & supplies
Sewing machine industry
Sewing machines
Textile industry
Textile machinery
Textile mill workers
Work force