The way it was inside

Imagine trying to work amid these looms weaving cotton. It was noisy and dangerous and the floor shook underfoot. Welcome to the rise of industrial production in America.

Boott Mill, Lowell, Massachusetts

Mill in motion

Even with only seven of these historic looms in action while all of the belts were running from the shaft overhead, the noise was deafening. How did the workforce ever survive? Forget any sense of quaintness you may be getting from the novel — and that’s before we get into the textile fibers the mill girls were inhaling and all the health problems that followed.

Still, it’s an impressive sight — filled with impressive technological breakthroughs.

Boott Mill, Lowell, Massachusetts

Big Inca

To: Bill

From: The Boss

Date: December 29

Enjoy your peace and quiet. It won’t last.

Remember, if you can’t do it slow, you can’t do it fast.

Your old mills are of higher quality than anything that’s going up today.

I hope you appreciate that.

Yes, keep ’em dripping. Frozen pipes are a pain to deal with.


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Big Inca

To: The Boss

From: Bill

Date: December 28 

I look at all of this and start to get sentimental.

And then I go outside to scrape off the car or shovel the walk in front of the store.

It’s not supposed to get above zero for the next week.

Manny says to keep the faucets dripping.

Just in case.

This is the loneliest time of the year.


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