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The John Russell Cutlery moved to Turner's Falls, Massachusetts, in 1870. The largest maker of cutlery in the world, the building provided two hundred thousand square feet of floor space on four acres. Since the purpose of this print was to attract workers, the artist took the liberty to clean up the landscape in the picture and make it look as attractive as possible. Other mill buildings and the town of Turner's Falls, therefore, were left out to create a sense of more space. Most factory workers had been farmers who had planned their lives around the seasons and available daylight hours to complete their tasks. Factory owners introduced a new idea of time and schedules. Workers now answered to the time clock and their days were divided by hours rather than by tasks.


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Russell Cutlery Company Birds-Eye View

printer   Beck and Pauli
lithographer   Oakley H. Bailey (1843-1947)
date   c. 1877
location   Turners Falls, Massachusetts
height   24.0"
width   30.12"
process/materials   chromolithograph
item type   Art/Lithograph
accession #   #1987.07

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