THE GARMENT INDUSTRY

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As I had mentioned in my last Post, I stated that there would be more coming later.  During the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s the making of Ladies Laungire was a huge business here in Reading, PA.  One of the biggest makers of Laungire was the Berkshire Knitting Mills or also called The Textile Machine Works.  For many years this complex made garments of all kinds to be shipped all over the USA.  More than 1000 employees worked here on all shifts.  It was a 24 – 7 operation.  This complex had its own dye building, a barber shop, lunch cafeteria, and power building that supplied the power needed to run all the knitting machines.  I have never seen this complex in its heyday, but I can only Imagine what it used to be.

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Taken from the Textile Machine Works web-site, this is just how big it used to be.

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This is looking at part of the old complex.  The Power building is off to the right of the Image.

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Here I’m trying to show just how big this place is.  During its operation, there were windows where you see the white portions of the building.  All 4 floors were in production with Knitting Machines that needed constant attention.

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The inside of one of the buildings during its day’s of manufacture.

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Another one of the different buildings in the complex.

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This is looking down the long rows of support poles that were there when the Knitting Machines were running.  If you look at one of my above Images, you can still see those same support poles.  These are looking fancier than before.  You almost can still hear the noise of machinery from long ago.

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Here’s another looking the other way.  The thing about these 2 Images, is that I had to “sneak in” the building and shoot the camera.  There were signs pasted on the windows & doors “No Entry Authorized Entry Only”  Oops!  Thought I’d take a chance and see what happens!  No one was looking!  So in I went.

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After the Textile Machine Works went out of business in the 70’s, it was converted over to a Factory Outlet Store where people could buy all kinds of different clothes at a much cheaper price.  It was in business for many years until it also failed.  Why this was, I don’t know.  The Stores that occupied the buildings were from all the different big name products.  Now, the present day all the buildings are being converted over to Luxury Apartments.  Just how fancy, remains to be seen.

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