Remnants of Arlington Mills Wool Process Display, 1940



Remnants of Arlington Mills Wool Process Display, 1940


Arlington Mills




Photographs and title cards from a display board of Yarn Processing, originally put together by Arlington Mills. (NB: This object was taken apart and the fiber, yarn and fabric samples were disposed of, as was the case, in March 1998. The case was heavily infested with carpet beetles.)
Description of Original object from Collection Records: “Worsted Cloth Manufacture”, “Wooden panel upon which are mounted 42 process specimens, beginning with raw wool, through the successive stages required to prepare the yarns suitable for use as warp and weft, and the woven cloth in the raw, dyed, and finished; together with 24 photographs of the various machines used in these operations." It appears that all that now remains are the photographs and title cards. [NB: 11 samples of woolen fabrics with Arlington Mills labels attached were found in a 1980 inventory and thought to be from this display board. They were assigned Division of Textiles catalog numbers T.20209 through T.20219]
Arlington Mills, successor to Arlington Woolen Mills, was one of the premier woolen and worsted companies in the US for many decades. The mills were in and around Lawrence, MA, and company headquarters was in Boston. American manufacturers of woolen and worsted yarns and of woven and knitted textiles relied on both American-grown wool and on imports of raw wool and partially processed wool fiber, called "tops", American growers never produced more than about half the raw wool needed by the American manufacturing sector.
Currently not on view


Arlington Mills


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