These pictures of workers and machinery at the Draper Corporation in Hopedale, Massachusetts are from an album at the
    Hopedale Community House.

    The comments with many of the pictures were sent by a friend who is very familiar with the machinery. He also added, "There is a
    chance that all these parts could have been part of the war effort. You may be able to tell having a good look at the clothes, as
    some parts look to be far away from what is required in the building of a loom."

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    This image looks like a woman drilling the two holes at each end of a shuttle; probably also the hole for the ceramic bush used for
    the cotton of the bobbin ( weft thread ) which years ago was sucked through by mouth causing a fatal disease within the lungs due
    to the lint build up named "byssinosis " It took years for this practice to cease even though laws were brought in to try and stop it,
    and even in the mid 50's it was still around.

    Here's a simple engine lathe as they were called with a collet attachment for holding those round objects, most likely for skimming
    them up to diameter. The worker is just winding the Steady forward so that it engages within the hole on the end of the item to avoid
    vibration when turning. Note the test piece mounted on the bench in the foreground - have no idea what these would have been
    used for on or within a loom except for the rollers at the very top of the frame that are used for lifting the wire screen...

    A small brake press which is used for stamping, shearing, forming, and or cutting and
    forming in two blows depending on the die and the products required.

    This looks like a lot of cover housings for something. The next bench back the ends covers for bearing housings normally found
    with four to eight holes and attached to either side of the loom - for each end of the many rollers. Note the inspectors chair (on
    right - INSP) a little back further with her doing some measurements or checking on the work as it comes down the line.

    A man on a tall drill press drilling a hole on what looks to be the end of a bearing housing spindle, such as in box 186 on the
    bench next to him. Another hole is drilled in the spindle about half an inch out from the larger end which matches the inside
    distance of the bearing groove in the actual bearing then used for automatic lubrication, the both holes meeting within the spindle.

    Worker on a milling machine slotting a spindle so that a gear or something else can be positioned on the spindle using a
    keyway, the key being fitted before the item is pressed onto the spindle. Interesting jig on the mill table which is used to steady the
    spindle while milling the slot as excessive vibration will allow for an oversized slot, thus making it a faulty item.

    Worker on a Pantograph either milling or drilling the workpiece. It's an interesting set-up as just below his left hand is an indexing
    head ( rotary table ) used in very accurately rotating objects for machining, milling and drilling. Pantograph cutters by their nature
    are completely different to milling cutters and very small depths only can be achieved, the actual pantograph being used with a
    pattern made up first and used as a copying device so as to be able to get down to much smaller detailed machining. Note the
    arms at the top. The copy arm can be set to the pattern size ( say 10 x 1 ) giving one the ability to machine at 1/10 the size of the
    pattern, so it really had many potentials in those days for small type work. Now the wire cutter and laser cutter have taken over what
    was once a menial type job. The copy head cannot be seen in the photo but could be inverted as it has to be on the table with the
    spanner resting upon it.

    This worker is drilling and tapping a fairly complex assembly using one of the two multi turret drill presses. To his left a group of
    smaller drill presses turned around the other way with the coolant flowing out into a bath behind the presses in readiness for the
    next operator on the other side.The other views show multi-turret lathes ( 6 turret ) as in the next view up, plus some other large
    and small drill presses in groups; some especially designed for different purposes.

    This appears to be the old type of covers that were produced so that one could not put their foot directly on a foot switch as the
    switch was incorporated under the cover. They were a safety device and used on many types of machinery; especially small and
    large brake presses and steel and paper guillotines and could be moved around without the switch falling out and then becoming
    dangerous. The small white fold back cover in the middle exposed a flange for an Amphenol fitting to be fitted, much the same as
    the old army type fittings. The photo below also features them; at this stage the actual switch may be getting fitted.

    This looks as though the items could be AD or DC drives being assembled. Note the flange on one unit sitting out by itself on the
    bench. This may have been used in conjunction with a small shaft coming in from a machine to count speed and revolutions of a
    loom or other type of machine. The flange being bolted over the extending shaft with the shaft having either a machined line along
    it's length or in later years a reflective line of tape so that a beam of light is reflected to a receiving unit and then via a series of
    amplifiers the rotation and speed is recorded.

    An operator machining what looks like small aluminium bungs. These were later put through a bath to retain their finish and were
    used more or less as a decoration to fully close a bearing hole in each side of a loom, many other types of machinery both in the
    textile industry and out of it used these to give a good finish to the final appearance of a newly painted machine.In lot's of cases
    they were fitted last as the paint within the groove was enough to retain them, but getting them out proved to be a task.