Monday, September 12, 2011

how weary the mill workers

at the end of their shifts.
how eager to cross the canal and go home.

historic district, turner's falls, massachusetts

17 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think a long shift in a mill probably doing repetitive work would be exhausting and home would be heaven! Lovely contrast there Brattcat between work and the sanctuary of home.

Malyss said...

The river is still very high..Maybe they appreciate the fence the river makes between work and home.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I bet there are not many mill workers in Massachusetts or Vermont any more. It is tough work.

My father worked on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant outside Detroit in the 1930's. He worked there long enough to save money to go to the University of Michigan where he got a BA and MBA so he would not work on an assembly line again.

Kate said...

I cannot see photos of mills without thinking of the historic mill fires that took the lives of so many unfortunate people.

Lynette said...

Great series of photos.

Sharon Creech said...

These photos remind me of the children's book by Grace W? from a few years back - urg - can't recall the title or correct author's name but I can vividly recall being "in" the mill with the young narrator.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

The shot of the mill set on the edge of the water is beautiful... I can imagine that the proximity to the water's edge presents problems.

Bises,
Genie

Sharon said...

Beautiful contrast in these two shots. I work in a rather pleasant office and I always enjoy going home. The mill workers must be especially happy to relax at home.

Jack said...

Old, disused mills always leave me conflicted. I acknowledge that work in these factories was hard, but America has lost its manufacturing base to overseas workers and so many Americans are without work. On balance, I would rather see these mill buildings humming gain.

VP said...

I can see the tired men walking home, maybe after a beer or two...

Randy said...

Looks like a lovely area.

Bob Crowe said...

Are any of the mills still active? This is part of the story of labor throughout the world.

Carraol said...

Great images as a part of a history book!

Cezar and Léia said...

I love the angle in the second composition.The pictures are beautiful indeed and I like the red brick!
Léia

Tash said...

Wish the mills were still going. Very nostalgic photos.

Amin said...

Very interesting place!

Julie said...

That mill would be a photographer's delight, I should think, BC. Is the general public allowed on site, I wonder?