Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album

About this collection

Incorporated in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1906, Berkshire Knitting Mills began as an experimental hosiery factory and later became the largest full-fashioned knitting mill in the world. This collection comprises captioned photographs dating from 1908 to 1925 of plant buildings and operations. Manufacturing processes depicted include winding, legger, footer, inspection, mending, looping and seaming, examining, topping, thread counting, turning, boarding, pairing, labeling and packing, and shipping. Click here for a detailed description of the Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album.

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Aeroplane view of lower Wyomissing, showing employees' homes
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Aeroplane view of upper residential section of Wyomissing
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Aeroplane view of Berkshire Knitting Mills
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Aeroplane view of Wyomissing textile industries
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cradle of Berkshire Knitting Mills. First floor and part of basement, occupied 1906-1908
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Original building designed for two additional stories
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Original building showing additional stories completed
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Main building with extension number two
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Main building with extension number two and three
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Structure of finishing building number one hundred six
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front view of Berkshire Knitting Mills looking north from Penn Avenue, Wyomissing
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of dye house with extension
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front view of main building and finishing building number one hundred six
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Main building and finishing building number one hundred six. Looking east
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Structure of new finishing building number one hundred eight
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Main office
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Superintendent and factory office
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Section of yarn stock room
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Locker and wash room for employees
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group picture of employees of main office
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group picture of superintendent, employees of factory office and factory foremen
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group picture of employees of legger department
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group picture of employees of mending, inspecting and cleaning department
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group picture of employees of cafeteria and finishing department
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group picture of employees of footer department
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Berkshire Knitting Mills photograph album (Accession 1992.249), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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