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Category:Architecture and Structures
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Keywords:1957, abandoned, industrial, klotz, klotz, klotz throwing mill, machinery, manufacturing, maryland, maryland, rustic, rustic, silk, silk, urbex


Print Title: Silence

This is an original print from my photo. This highly detailed photograph shows the night watchman's chair in the Klotz Throwing Company.

The remote hills of western Maryland is a place far from the major population centers of the state and where geography is more important to life than state boundaries. This former frontier wilderness shares the Allegany coal fields, life style and values with West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In the early 20th century the coal mines provided most of the employment for the men of the region. In 1907, taking notice of the cheap and abundant labor pool provided by the wives and children of these miners, the Klotz Throwing Company built a silk throwing mill in the town of Lonaconing, Maryland. For fifty years the clatter of the mill could be heard throughout the town as it produced silk thread from raw silk imported from Japan.

On a Friday in July, 1957, the workers went home but when they returned on Monday they were locked out due to a labor dispute. The mill never reopened.

All 8x10, 8x12, 16x20, 16x24, 20x30 and 24x30 prints are produced using use a traditional photographic process. Printing is on real photographic paper which is exposed with light and then run through a chemical process, on Kodak Endura Professional Paper. (Read description on other items)

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Item #: 5DM30723-24x30-1