The Great Northern Paper Company is the mill in the mill town of Millinocket. When the local falls were identified as a great potential source of hydro power in the late 1800's, the idea was born to build the paper mill. At the time, however, there was no town there, so the town was built along with the mill, and many of the workers stayed on to work in the mill itself once it went into operation in the 1900's.
Today's postcard is a fine portrait of the employees in the "Paper Machine Room" which was able to put out 500 feet of paper per minute, 152 inches wide. The card conveys not only the state of the art of industrial revolution machinery, circa 1900, but the work uniforms of the day, the pride of the employees, and a few OSHA regulations here and there that far pre-date OSHA.
For more on the history of the mill and the origins of the town, see this short video:
Where are we going for dinner tonight? How about The Stockholm restaurant in Detroit? Opened in 1939, this was a family restaurant featuring a Swedish Smorgasbord, a buffet table laden with the delicious food you see here. The restaurant was one of Detroit's finest, and it was open until 1962. Then, the place was sold, and a Playboy Club opened up in the same location. Now? There's a windowless brick building on the site that houses telecommunications equipment.
Already it's starting to feel a little bit cooler here in Connecticut. The summer weather will be over soon. But let's celebrate the last of the good weather at the pool parties at the Concord Resort and the Pines, both in the Catskills, circa 1960's!
Happy New Year, L'Shanah Tovah to all my Jewish friends.
This recent addition to my collection is one of the less commonly found Jewish New Year cards from the Williamsburg Press, around 1910-1920. The newspaper salesman is standing before his display of papers, with headlines for the holidays. The upper left hand corner says "L'Shanah Tovah," which means "Happy New Year." The one to it's right says "Gut Yom Tov," which is a Yiddish phrase meaning the same thing. My favorite is the lower left hand corner, which says "Tikeeyah Gadola," which is the phrase that is recited in the Synagogue, when the Shofar (Ram's Horn) is blown at the end of services, indicating the musical (?) blast should be long and loud. More about shofars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Qw4HZkZDw and their primitive sound.
I do need help translating the text in the upper right hand corner. Anyone out there speak Yiddish?
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