The pictures on this page are all of Northrop/Draper looms. (James Northrop, being
    the principal inventor, they were named Northrop looms. Sometimes on this site
    you'll see them referred to as Draper looms and sometimes as Northrop looms.) The
    one at the top is a 36" A model, the middle one is a 36 " K, and the one at the
    bottom is a 40" C.

    The 36" A was the first Draper automatic loom. Actually, that would make it the first
    Draper loom of any kind. Before that, the Draper companies had produced other
    types of textile machinery, but not looms. The first Northrop looms were sold in 1894.
    While the card on the loom says it was the first Draper loom, I doubt this one was
    built in the 1890s. There is another little card on it that says 1932. It may be that
    they were still building the same model, probably with a few modifications by that

    The card on the 36" K says it was built in 1918 for exhibition purposes. It was
    designed primarily to weave rayon.

    The 40" C was built in 1938, also for exhibition purposes. It is an automatic shuttle
    changing loom, (unlike the more common bobbin changing looms) "which many mill
    men deemed necessary to weave first quality synthetic goods."
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