The picture at the top shows Draper looms in use at the Naumkeag Mill, Salem, Massachusetts, in 1916.
The bottom photo, as the caption says, was taken at Interlaken Mills in Harris, Rhode Island. (1917) In both
views, the bobbin batteries (also called bobbin hoppers) show up quite clearly. A single loom makes quite
a bit of noise. I can't imagine what it was like to be in one of these rooms with all of them operating.
The photos were printed the the Draper monthly, Cotton Chats. The Naumkeag story had the following
letter with it:
NAUMKEAG STEAM COTTON COMPANY, SALEM, MASS.
Feb 11, 1916
Dear Mr. Stimson:
Every loom, 2644, running at two p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10!
The fire occurred Jan. 25, 1914.We started the first loom in shed Dec. 21st, 1914.This means that you
and we have averaged starting over 44 looms per week for 60 weeks! I believe it a most wonderful
achievement and most creditable to everyone.
I thank you and everyone connected with the Draper Company for the prompt attention and intense
interest manifested in enabling Naumkeag to obtain its normal production in so short a time. Over
200,000 lbs of cloth last week!
Wm. P. McMullen, Agent
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