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Walkway 1978.jpg
A decade after the PKC had gone out of business, the challenge of how to deal with its former property and buildings was vexing. At least a few of them were rented by tenants, but in other cases they presented imminent hazards--an iconic smokestack…

Walkway 1973.jpg
Several walkways connected different mills in the PKC complex. The reverse side of this photograph explains what is happening: "1:30 am Sat. April 28, 1973. Fire in walkway over Water St. between two buildings of former Perry Knitting Co. property.…

Yarn Mill--front.jpg
Also known at Mill #3, this building was constructed in 1899, then expanded in 1905 and again in 1920. On the reverse side of photo there is an inscription: "This building of the former Perry Knitting Company complex in Perry, Wyoming County was…

1937 Strike--Chamber of Commerce.jpg
Advertisement from Perry's Chamber of Commerce warns that a strike at the Perry Knitting Co. will disrupt economic stability for the entire town. At the time of this advertisement, the CIO was successfully unionizing Elam Shoe Co. and the Quality…

Selective Service--women workers.jpg
Letter to Local Board #571 of the Selective Service System shows the President of Perry Knitting Co. attempting to secure as many deferments for his (male) employees as possible. In this case, he argues that women in the Cutting Room lack the…

Perry Knitting Co. Rubble.jpg
From a hand-typed label on the back of photograph: "View from Walnut St. bridge from intersection Hope & Water Sts. Shows rubble from demolition Perry Knitting Mills #s 1 & 2. Remains power plant left foreground adjoins site of chimney demolished…

Open House Ad.jpg
Large advertisement for the Perry Knitting Co.'s open house of May 27, 1953 promises lots of information and "guided tours through 21 operating departments." In the meantime, the flyer mentions some striking statistics: That a year's supply of…

PKC Mill.jpg
The reverse side of this photograph is confusing: it says that it was "taken before 1900," but also "Mill No. V built in 1893." Since Mill #5 wasn't constructed until 1909, this can't be accurate. The photograph does appear to be quite hold, however,…

5245.jpg
Perry Knitting Company in the sewing room after the new lighting was put into place.

5242.jpg
New lighting was put into the sewing room of the Perry Knitting Company in January of 1950.
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