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The Human Factor - Introducing the Industrial Life Photograph Collection at the Baker Library

Harvard Business School Baker Library Historical Collections

The Human Factor

Introducing the Industrial Life Photograph Collection at the Baker Library

It mows your floors

ca. 1936 • Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company • Photographer unknownThe pile of a rug as it comes off the loom is slightly uneven and must be sheared. Long chains of rugs are sewn together and fed into this machine, like a gigantic lawn-mower, which shears the pile to the correct height. Three sheerings are necessary to produce the smooth, velvety appearance of the finished fabric.

The pile of a rug as it comes off the loom is slightly uneven and must be sheared. Long chains of rugs are sewn together and fed into this machine, like a gigantic lawn-mower, which shears the pile to the correct height. Three sheerings are necessary to produce the smooth, velvety appearance of the finished fabric.

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  • It mows your floors, ca. 1936
  • Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company
  • Photographer unknown
  • Gelatin Silver Print, 8 × 10 inches
  • Industrial Life Photograph Collection, Mss:1412 :461 B592

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