Saugus Ironworks Visitor Center Door

Saugus Ironworks Visitor Center Door (click to enlarge)

Anyone who has visited a historic site from the 1600’s or so knows that the number of nails in a door is a measure of the wealth of the family living in that house.  Here is the door to the Saugus Ironworks Visitor Center.  As an ironworks making nails, I guess one would expect the owner to have lots of nails in their door.

I originally envisioned a black and white conversion for this image.  After trying that, I decided that I preferred the reddish/brownish tinge on the door and left it that way.  The red tinge actually shows up better if you click on the image.

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Bobbins on Spool

Bobbins on Spool (click to enlarge)


Here is another image from Lowell National Historic Park.  This is the part of the machine where all of those bobbins in the previous post go to make linen.  The shear number of bobbins required within this small area of the mill is impressive.  I now understand why there are so many bobbins in antique stores wherever you go.  This room alone had a lifetime bobbin supply for even the biggest antique store.

I did not have my tripod when I went into the milling room so I had to hand hold my camera for all of the images.  In some cases I was able to brace myself against a pillar or railing.  In other cases, like the image above, I was unable to brace against anything and the images came out a little bit soft.  Don’t make my mistake, take your tripod into the linen mill.  There is plenty of room in the area that you can move your tripod out of the way of other visitors if need be.

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Textile Bobbins, Lowell National Historical Park

Textile Bobbins, Lowell National Historical Park (click to enlarge)

Lowell is another town we had never visited in our trips to Boston.  My mother grew up in Lowell, which makes it doubly strange we had never visited.  Besides seeing the house mom grew up in, we visited Lowell National Historic Park.

This place is amazing!  The National Park Service and the town of Lowell have done such a great job with the textile mills and worker housing in the area.  The Mill Girls and Immigrants exhibit was especially enlightening.

They still make textiles to sell in the bookstore using the original equipment.  When you tour the inside of the mill, wear earplugs!  The machinery and shuttles banging back and forth weaving the linens make quite the racket.

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