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

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The Human Factor

Introducing the Industrial Life Photograph Collection at the Baker Library

Dyeing in the raw

ca. 1936 • Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company • Photographer unknownWhere very large quantities of one color are to be used, raw stock dyeing is cheapest and best. This type of dyeing has been particularly developed by Bigelow which has the largest raw stock dye house in the country. Ten thousand pounds of scoured wool is an average batch (although batches run as high as sixty thousand pounds) and three separate dyeings of seven large kettles each are required to handle it. The wool is picked once before dyeing.

Where very large quantities of one color are to be used, raw stock dyeing is cheapest and best. This type of dyeing has been particularly developed by Bigelow which has the largest raw stock dye house in the country. Ten thousand pounds of scoured wool is an average batch (although batches run as high as sixty thousand pounds) and three separate dyeings of seven large kettles each are required to handle it. The wool is picked once before dyeing.

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  • Dyeing in the raw, 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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