Industrial Plant Aerial-View Drawings by Woodbury and Company, Worcester, Mass. circa 1890's - 1920's, ink and gouache on heavy paper.
Founded in 1879, Woodbury and Company, pioneering printers of Worcester, Massachusetts, recently succumbed to competition from electronic technology and closed its doors after 125 years in business.
This remarkable group of original drawings, including early views of many well-known corporations, New England textile mills, tanneries, steel mills, rubber companies, brass manufacturers, dairies, ice-cream makers, etc. from all across America, was found intact at the time of the company's demise.
Drawn for early advertising and corporate identity functions by draftsmen and engineers and then reproduced as precise photo-engraved prints by technical methods invented by Woodbury itself, these unique Industrial Plant Aerial-View drawings are now, a century after their creation, an extraordinary artistic record of lost, industrial, America.
Created at a time in history when smoke-belching chimneys meant progress and success, these extraordinary, large-scale drawings were miniaturized onto company letterheads to promote and sell pipe, linen, hides, bearings, carpet, and every conceivable product of American economic might at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.