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Brooklyn BridgeThe Willimantic Linen Company were early pioneers in the production of color lithographic advertising cards. This card was published in 1883, and depicts the recently completed Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, constructed from Willimantic cotton thread, spools, bobbins, and thread packing cases. Note the juxtaposition of the largest mill in the world. The Linen Company's Mill Number Four, built in 1880, floats in the sky above the world's largest bridge.
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Willimantic Linen Company's Number Three MillThis 1910 postcard depicts the Willimantic Linen Company's Number Three Mill. It was erected in 1845 by the Wellesville Company on the site of Willimantic's first cotton mill built by Perez Richmond in 1822. The Wellesville mill became part of the Linen Company in 1876. It was demolished in the late 1920s, and stood on the city's Recreation Park. This idyllic view depicts the mill raceway and provides a somewhat over romantic view of industrialization, in a style known as "the factory in the garden."
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Most historic bridge in WillimanticThis bridge is one of the most historic in Willimantic, but few know of its existence. It is pictured here in a 1939 aerial view. The bridge was built under electric floodlight in 1880. It is well known however to those who worked at the American Thread Company. It was the connection to Mill Number Four, the large cotton mill destroyed by fire in 1995.
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Horn's Garage WreckerThe picture was taken shortly after WWII. Photo is courtesy of Pete and Nate Horn. According to Pete, " ...back when my father and grandfather owned what later became "Collin's Garage". It has the original phone numbers before "Harrison" when there were just 4 digits.... The garage: 1501, and our house: 2214."
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People Parade Back in the 80s, 3 artists created a painting of Main St. and the people who were often seen there, including many of the shopkeepers. It is hanging in the Town Hall lobby. Years ago, I took pictures of the mural, divided them up into 9 sections and put a number near each person, hoping to be able to identify as many as possible. I couldn't get as close as I wanted to the original picture because there was a big framed poster in front of it. But if there is enough interest, I'll go back and take more pics in a higher resolution.This is the 3rd of 9 pictures. Recognize anybody?
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Mill HousingBrian Zoldak and Jamie Eves identified this photo as mill housing with the photo y being taken from either Dunham or Chapman Street. Mill Number Two is in the background. Jamie Eves says, “... the building on the right is likely the center of Mill Number Two, and the one on the left is the eastern extension, originally a separate building.”..
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Mill Number TwoThis 1864 is a woodcut of the Willimantic Linen Company's Mill Number Two. Contact us if you want a print. It's ideal for framing, and compliments Andrew Wyeth's well known print of Mill Number Two. It's also a wonderful historical document.
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Thomas Haran BottlesThomas Haran was a bottler and ran a saloon from the Haran Block at 857 Main Street (that was the old Main St. numbering system - our guess is that it was the corner of Walnut and Main). At one time, he was the Foreman of the Montgomery Hose Company Number Two on Jackson St. (Photo courtesy of Stan)
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ATCO's 1925 StrikeThis was one of the most well known and widely circulated images of the Thread Company strike. The first family to be moved was that of Nelson Chamberland of 241 Main St. Eviction notices were handed out five at a time. However, according to the State Police, only one family was to be moved at a time. Two deputy sheriffs and assistants started out at 9 o’clock and in an hour had most of the furniture out on the sidewalk of the company property. The work was witnessed by a large number of people, for the most part former operatives of the company
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Mill Number TwoThis is the Williantic Linen Company's Mill Number Two, pictured from the east in 1908. Note the large elm trees, which once dominated the city's streets.
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American Thread CompanyThe caption says, "American Thread Company" although at least one of the gentlemen is from Hilltop Hose Number 3.


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Christmas Season 1953This week's pic was taken by Armand Biron in 1963 and is used with his permission. At 50 years old, it is one of the few pictures showing the old Christmas decorations on Main St. Note the tree in Lincoln Square, the lights and lighted reindeer on what was then the Sears store, the lights of ATCO’s Number Five and Six mills at top center and even the lights of cars on RT 32 heading toward Jillson Hill. Courtesy of Armand Biron
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ATCO's Mill Number Six Championship Baseball TeamATCO Mill #6 Championship Baseball Team in 1913. We think the man in the center, holding the trophy, is Mr. Follett, the manager. “Buddy” Follett is the mascot. Pic of the Week February 13, 2014
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Schoolchildren at Mill Number 6 dedicationThe photo shows the 120 schoolchildren who participated in the dedication ceremonies of ATCO’s Mill No. 6 in April, 1908. The ceremonies included a charity ball sponsored by the ATCO Fire Brigade. The children, all girls selected from the city’s schools, led the “grand march” at the beginning of the ball. They carried flags representing the nationalities of Thread Company workers.
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Recreation ParkThis was the eastern entrance to Recreation Park. The American Thread Company’s wooden Mill Number 3 can be seen on the right.
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Tanner Avenue (cont.) (list of names of residents)By 1954, when all tenants had vacated the property, Willimantic decided it did not want to keep it as a "project". As far back as April, 1951, tenants had complained that no improvements had ever been made and listed any number of grievances such as roach infestation, ill-fitting doors and windows etc. etc.
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