Silk Industry Spinning Machine

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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I am not sure what the name of this contraption is, but this is in the Paterson Museum, I love this huge wheel and I am always trying to get better photos of it each time I go to the museum. Next time I go I need to write down its name and description, right?

the machine is made by a company in Paterson called SIPP Machine Co. and obviously was an important part of the sorting and thrashing of the silk, which would be like a huge spinning wheel.

Wikipedia says that Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. I know other countries celebrate Labor Day, but for the USA the real meaning has certainly been lost. It is a big sale day and often retail workers have to WORK on this day which was set aside to give all workers REST and they actually work LONGER hours than usual.

When I think of Labor Day, I think of all those people who worked to build this country into what it is. I think of those who worked in the 1800s long and tiring days at a machine like this; working for pennies to feed their families. I think of miners, and railway workers, and factory workers; farmers and constructions workers. I dedicate this to all those hard-working folk that worked in our country in the past and those working today that keep our country vibrant and alive.

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