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Besse, Mills & Co. Outfitters

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Weaving Department at the William Skinner & Sons Silk Manufacturing Company, c. 1920s.

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William Skinner & Sons Silk Manufacturing Company quilling department, 1926.

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In the 1920s, William Skinner had a plant on Bond Street, where this woman worked in the inspecting room.

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William Skinner & Sons Silk Manufacturing Company inspectors. After weavers create cloth, the inspectors look to make sure it is up to the high Skinner standards, c. 1920s.

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Unknown mill workers at William Skinner & Sons Silk Manufacturing Company, c. 1930s

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Joseph Allen Skinner, c. 1920. He was the Treasurer and Vice President of William Skinner & Sons Silk Manufacturing Company.

Emma Zahn (left) and her co-worker Atta Pittroff Lemke (right front) weave silk on two looms. Their foreman was Bob Stopgeshoff. William Skinner & Sons Silk Manufacturing Company, c. 1920s

Silk weavers taking a break at William Skinner & Sons Silk Manufacturing Company in the 1930s. Anna Sullivan, worker and union organizer, is the smallest woman in the front row.