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Fire Bucket (L)

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.

Each supporting post (down the length of the building) had a single fire bucket attached. Considering the entire ceiling, floor, and most of the machines were wood, it is hard to believe that this would have been effective !

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Fire Bucket (L)