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JumboWhen Barnum and Bailey's Circus brought Jumbo, the largest elephant in captivity, from England to the United States in the 1880s, it hit the national headlines. The Willimantic Linen Company soon jumped on the bandwagon and produced this card. It depicts Jumbo being dragged through the streets of New York City with unbreakable Willimantic cotton thread!
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Cute kidsCute kids are favored by advertisers today. It was no different a century ago! This card depicts three young girls becoming entangled in Willimantic cotton thread.
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Cute kids and animalsCute kids -- and cute animals are used to sell products, then and now. Although the dog in this 1885 winter scene is not that cute! Note the large spool of Willimantic cotton thread on the sleigh.
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PuckThe Willimantic Linen Company employed both popular and elite culture to advertise their products. This 1888 card depicts the mischievous Puck, from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, wrapping not a girdle of silver thread around the earth, but a girdle of Willimantic cotton thread!
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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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The American Thread "bridge"The American Thread "bridge" that welcomed travelers to Willimantic between 1916 and 1998
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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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American Thread
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American Thread Workers' StrikeSee special gallery of Strike photos.
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Thread MillsWe are grateful to the copyright owner, "The Chronicle", for permission to use the above images and story from the May, 1992 anniversary edition of "The Chronicle". Further reproduction without permission is prohibited.
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The Thread City The Thread City. Look at this photograph carefully. It is the frontispiece to the H. W. Rich's Thread City publication. But is this actually Willimantic? If so, where was the photograph taken? Also, can anyone name the buildings? We suspect that this is the photograph of another town, and that somewhere there is a book that boasts a picture of Willimantic.
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Uncle Ken'sUncle Ken's before demolition. Uncle Ken's started out as the Tastee Freez. It was torn down along with the building that housed Boudreau's Market, in March, 2006. "Walker" alerted ThreadCity to the demise of the building on the TCForum and it generated quite a response
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We are fairly sure that the photos in this Gallery are all from the Willimantic/Windham area. If you can help us identify any of the locations, structures or people, please let me know. (E:MAIL -
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Courtesy Willimantic Public LibraryAll pictures in this album have been digitized for Thread City courtesy of the Willimantic Public Library. Our thanks to library Director, Ted Perch, and Staff.
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Company "E" leaves Willimantic for the Spanish-American War - 1898Captain Flynn and the 110 men of Company E prepare to depart Willimantic for Niantic, the first stop on their way to the Spanish-American War. The Thread Co. and most businesses shut down and the entire city was decorated with flags for the occasion. Almost every society, club and government body participated in a parade to Union Station. From there, the Company went for further training at Fort Meade. They remained at Fort Meade for the duration of the War and returned to Willimantic in March, 1899.
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