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Thread: Wheeler Wilson Factory - Scientific American Magazine May 3rd, 1879

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    Wheeler Wilson Factory - Scientific American Magazine May 3rd, 1879

    I brought the size of these down as close to 800x600 as I could, sorry...

    These woodcut images are from the May 3rd edition of Scientific American Magazine.

    There is a HUGE write up on the factory in it. I have a scanned copy that I am attempting to OCR the whole article from, but that will take some time to get right and accurate, so in the meantime I am uploading these amazing "shots" as teasers.

    Each one says in the lower corner what it is as well.

    Main Machine Room
    Name:  Wheeler Wilson  factory from SA #1.jpg
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    Assembly Room
    Name:  Wheeler Wilson  factory from SA #2.jpg
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    Case Making Room
    Name:  Wheeler Wilson  factory from SA #3.jpg
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    Grooving the needles (WOW!)
    Name:  Wheeler Wilson  factory from SA #4.jpg
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    Punching the Needle Eyes (wow, wow!)
    Name:  Wheeler Wilson  factory from SA #5.jpg
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    I printed these large and will be staring at them for days trying to pick out details....

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    No safety glasses...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    No safety glasses...
    Cool pics would love to see and read more. Miriam I have to chuckle with all the technical machine talk i read from you and the thing you notice is the lack of safety glasses. Toooo funny!

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    The above worker's work garb is somewhat different to today's, and grooving needles and punching out the eyes individually (and manually) is just incredible.
    Where did you get the magazine Steve?
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    Fantastic; keep it coming!
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    Awesome!!!!

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    These are amazing pictures, thanks for sharing Steve!

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    I also noticed the lack of safety glasses and the attire. It was a different time and place. I wonder what the workers were paid at that time and how many were employed at the factory? Does the magazine article mention that Steve?
    Sweet Caroline

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    I have 3 pages of OCR'd gobbledygook. I have the first page fixed to original text (not "correct", just original)

    Should I just post the text here a bit at a time? or make the .TXT or .DOC or .PDF available?

    Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I have 3 pages of OCR'd gobbledygook. I have the first page fixed to original text (not "correct", just original)

    Should I just post the text here a bit at a time? or make the .TXT or .DOC or .PDF available?

    Thoughts?
    YES please do!!!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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