[Photo Album]: Construction of a Remington Company Paper Mill, circa 1895 (C.R. Remington & Son; Charles Clinch) [Very Good] [Hardcover]
Oblong octavo (10 x 7). Half leather and pebbled cloth over boards, white moir © endpapers. Contains 42 gelatin silver prints mounted on the rectos and versos of thick leaves: most of the prints measure about 7 x 5, including ten 3 x 4 prints. Modest wear to the joints and edges of the boards, a few prints show some silvering at the edges, very good. The album documents the riverside construction of the famous C. R. paper mill from foundation to finish, with an emphasis on the team of workers, including one child laborer. Also included is a portrait of Charles Clinch, the chief engineer for the construction project who worked for the Remington Company throughout the 1890s. The mill was constructed at Glen Park village on the Black River just west of Watertown. Incorporated in 1893, the village was built up around C.R. Remington & Son’s complex of mills, which made up the most profitable enterprise in upstate New York. When the complex was sold to the International Paper Company in 1899, it was the most important transaction in the paper mill history of northern New York. An impressive and historically important visual record, with images of small teams of skilled workmen, the construction of a dam and the factory building, along with its massive machinery.
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