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
Group picture of employees of looping and seaming departments
[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
Interior of dye house
[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
Chemical laboratory of dye house
[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 winding department showing universal winders
[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 one of the legger departments
[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 one of the footer departments - center aisle
[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 one of the footer departments - south aisle
[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
Disposition of aisle space between footers
[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
Close up view of topper - placing stocking on transfer bar
[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 winding department showing yarn stretcher
[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
Center section of winding 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
Inspection of legs - close up view
[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
Looping and seaming 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
Section of mending 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
Section of examining 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
Close up view of topper - transferring stocking to needle bar
[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
Inspection of legs - general view
[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
Thread counting 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
Close up view of thread counter
[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 seaming department - south side
[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
Close up of seaming 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
Section of looping department - north side
[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
Close up of stocking turning operation
[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 boarding 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
Section of pairing 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
Section of labeling and packing 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
Section of shipping 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
Kitchen of cafeteria, showing various machinery
[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 kitchen showing ovens
[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
Executives' dining 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
Section south side of cafeteria
[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 dispensary
[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
Waiting room of dispensary
[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
Operating room, dental division of dispensary
[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
Vegetable gardens 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
Operating room, medical division of dispensary
[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
Operating room, ocular division of dispensary
[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
View of main switchboard for B. K. M.
[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
Home of New York 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
Exterior view of grocery store 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
Interior view of tunnel connecting all buildings
[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
Officers 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
Berkshire Knitting Mills, Reading, Penna, manufacturers of full-fashioned ladies' hosiery, incorporated July 12, 1906
Title page of Berkshire Knitting Mills photo album listing production numbers by year from 1906 to 1925., [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