This photograph has nothing written or printed on it to suggest where it might have been taken. It came to me from Maine, so it may have originated there or in another northeastern state. The setting appears to be a textile mill. My guess for a time period would be 1895-1905.
The surface of the print has a grainy, inky discoloration which I haven’t encountered before. It may have been caused by the chemicals used in developing and printing. Does anyone know if the spottiness could be removed digitally using photo editing software?
The man standing at far left was probably a foreman or manager. The young man next to him and the two men at far right may have been machinists (mechanics) who kept the machines running. All the other members of the group are women, twenty-five in all. Some are wearing aprons. I wish they could tell us about their work and their lives.
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March is Women’s History Month in the United States.