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Pipe Factories: Then and Now

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  1. mikethompson

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    It was mentioned in another thread about the Linkman's factory still standing, and I thought I would put together a little "then and now" of some pipe factories I could find.

    Here's an old drawing of the Linkman factory in Chicago from 1937:

    Here it is now, a library and offices

    Anyone have addresses of these old factories? The ads I've found on Google are a little too blurry.

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    Not a factory, but here's a picture of the tobacco shop at Disneyland once upon a time:

    and more recently:

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    Not sure the exact era or which factory (Gubbels maybe) but a reasonably modern picture given the clothing and the fact that everything is electric (in the old days the tools were driven by gigantic belts and there were women in big puffy skirts standing right next to these big man-eating things... crazy).

    But this is essentially what pipe making looks like in every big shop - station-specific tasks, carried out 47 times a day by each person.

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    And notice again, women, over 50% of the staff. That carries over to just about every pipe-factory picture I've ever seen from any era.

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    I couldn't find a picture of when it was in use, but here is the empty Kaywoodie Factory in New Jersey as it was before the factory was demolished:

    And today:

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    Missouri Meerschaum, 400 W Front St, Washington, MO.

    1880's

    Now

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    Fabulous, Mike, thank you for the great photos.

    The MM shop uses the original building, just expanded vertically and horizontally.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Great! I'm glad the MM factory isn't all gentrified. In the same way that I'm glad the Dr. Grabow (not pictured here) factory is kind of newer and "spruce" despite being in a smaller city/town.

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    Thanks sharing, I enjoyed those photos.

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    Couldn't find a 'before' shot, but here is where the first Blatter & Blatter shop was in Montreal. My guess is that it was in a block of buildings torn down to make this tower.

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