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Shoes #1

Shoes #1 Lonaconing Silk Mill.

This mill, located at the western tip of Maryland, processed raw silk from China and Japan from 1907 until it closed without warning or notice, in June, 1957. (During WWII, it spun rayon some of which was used for ally parachutes.) The building is just as it was the day it closed, without restoration. The rows upon rows of "spinning" machines, some made of wood as well as metal, remain.

The workers went home one evening, fully expecting to report back to work the following morning, only to find upon their arrival that morning that the plant was closed. They never re-entered the building. Their possessions remain precisely where and how they were left.

Apparently, some workers changed their shoes from their "street" to their "factory" shoes. The shoes were kept in "pigeon holes" on a wall of a small room (closet).

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