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YOUR MONEY GOES FURTHER

Cloth From the Mill

You will find it decidedly to your advantage to buy your
FALL and WINTER DRESS GOODS Direct from the Mill.
We offer the well known

RIDGEWOOD
(Best Value) CLOTHS

in a large variety of fabrics for Men's, Women's and Children's Garments, Skirtings, Sultings, Trouserings, Raincloths, Cloakings, etc.

RIDGEWOOD (Best Value) CLOTHS
are sold by mail over the United States and nowhere can you get more for your money than at the Mill.
SAMPLES MAILED. State garment planned and color preferred.

The Ridgewood Mills,
Manufacturers of Woolens and Worsteds
639 Main Street, Holyoke, Mass

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts, was founded on a stretch the Connecticut River north of the city of Springfield. There, rapids fell sixty feet in a mile and a half. For decades the river had been considered too powerful to harness, but in 1831 inventors built the first wing dam to channel water for industrial purposes. A dam was completed spanning the river in 1849 and the water power became the driving engine for one of Western Massachusetts' largest single concentrations of industry. Holyoke's major industries for the remainder of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries were the manufacture of paper and cloth. Ridgewood Mills was one of a number of textile manufacturers in Holyoke. The winter fashions before World War I required heavy woolen fabrics, but changes in the tariffs in 1913 and state labor laws reduced the profitability of the pure wool mills. Other mills like Ridgewood Mills that specialized in worsted cloth- a much lighter wool - continued being profitable for another generation. The Great Depression of 1929-1940 virtually eliminated the textile industry in Holyoke.

 

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"Cloth from the Mill" advertisement

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Sep 3, 1910
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   6.0"
width   2.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L02.160


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