Scranton Lace Co. – Part 3:- The Journey Continues…

1-GHOST ELLERY

The Scranton Lace Co. was the world leader in Nottingham lace and also produced tablecloths, napkins, valances, and shower curtains, among many other types of lace items. During the 1940s, the company teamed up with subsidiaries such as Victory Parachutes, Inc. and Sweeney Bros. to manufacture parachutes and camouflage netting. Though the company prospered well into the 1950s but risky investments involving Hal Roach Studios and the fledgling television industry placed the company in financial peril and eventually led to its closure in 2002.[2] Despite the factory being one of area’s biggest employers, it closed in 2002 with the company’s vice president telling its employees, mid-shift, that the facility was closing “effective immediately”

On January 31, 2011, the Scranton City Council gave final approval to Lace Building Affiliates to redevelop the Scranton Lace Complex industrial factory located at 1315 Mylert Avenue. Construction and demolition is scheduled for early October.

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Scranton Lace Co:- Part 2…

The Clock Tower...

The Clock Tower! It is a city landmark…

It appeared that the Scranton Lace Factory took good care of it’s employees. The facility featured a theatre, bowling alley, gymnasium, infirmary, and a kitchen. clock tower (that is a city landmark).

The Bowling Alley

3-Bowling Alley B 3-Bowling Alley A

The Kitchen

4-kitchen

The Gymnasium

8-the gym

The Scranton Lace Co…

18-sign on box

I recently visited The Scranton Lace Cowith my friend and fellow photographer Joe Farrell along with  several other photographers.  The tour was arranged by photographer, urban explorer and preservationist Matthew Christopher.

The company was established  as the Scranton Lace Curtain Manufacturing Company in 1890 and was incorporated on June 15, 1897. The name Scranton Lace Company became standardized in 1916 when the Scranton Lace Curtain Manufacturing Company and one of its subsidiaries combined their operations. On May 13, 1958, the company changed its name to The Scranton Lace Corporation, but soon thereafter reverted to using the name The Scranton Lace Company as its official title. From 1916 to 2002 the company remained the first and largest known producer of Nottingham Lace in the United States.

The company was the world leader in  Nottingham lace and also produced tablecloths, napkins, valances and shower curtains, among many other types of lace items. Remains of these products can be found around the factory. During the 1940s, the company teamed up with several; other companies to manufacture parachutes and camouflage netting. Though the company prospered well into the 1950s but risky investments  led to its closure in 2002. Despite the factory being one of area’s biggest employers, it closed in 2002 with the company’s vice president telling its employees, mid-shift, that the facility was closing “effective immediately”. Below is the first set of some of my images from the days’ shoot.

Enjoy!

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