Woodbury and Company

 

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.

thumbnail of Connecticut Mills by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Derby & Co. by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Fiskdale Finishing by Woodbury and Company
thumbnail of Franklin Electric by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Glenlyon Dye Works by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Goodyear Waste by Woodbury and Company
thumbnail of Hadley Manufacturing by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Heminway & Sons by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of L.L. Brown Paper Co. by Woodbury and Company
thumbnail of L.W. Pond by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Milford Iron Foundry by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Nashawena Mills Powerhouse by Woodbury and Company
thumbnail of Potter & Johnston Munitions by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Southbridge Printing by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Talbott Wool by Woodbury and Company
thumbnail of Textile Dyeing Co. of America by Woodbury and Company thumbnail of Universal Winding by Woodbury and Company  
     
 
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