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Lamson and Goodnow became involved in the knife business as a result of Silas Lamson's (1776-1855) invention of the curved scythe snath, or handle, and his subsequent decision to manufacture this improved product in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts in 1834. The success of the business caused the partners to add buildings and to recruit cutlery workers from England and Germany by 1851. During the Civil War, the company was one of the largest U.S. cutlery manufacturers, employing at times more than 500 workers. This scene gives a rural flavor to the industrialized factory and was probably used to recruit workers; note the fisherman near the lower right-hand corner.


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Lamson, Goodnow and Company, Birds-Eye View

lithographer   Charles Parsons (1821-1910)
printer   William Endicott and Company
date   1849-1851
location   Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
height   27.31"
width   31.5"
process/materials   lithograph, paper, ink
item type   Art/Lithograph
accession #   #1888.38.05

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Cutlery Box

Nathaniel Lamson (1805-1866)

Shelburne Falls, Mass.

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