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Manufacturing center of Lynn, Mass.

Author: Bailey, O. H. (Oakley Hoopes) & J.C. Hazen
Publisher: Bailey, O. H. & J.C. Hazen
Date: 1879
Location: Lynn (Mass.)

Dimensions: 45.0 x 67.0 cm.
Scale: Not drawn to scale
Call Number: G3764.L9A3 1879 .B3

 
DESCRIPTION

The second view was published by O.H. Bailey in 1879 and is very typical of his other bird's eye views. It provides a high elevation perspective of Lynn and views the town from the southeast, as if approaching from the sea.

Although the city's waterfront is in the foreground, it does not appear very busy. However, the viewer's attention is drawn to the center part of the drawing where a large concentration of factories clusters along Central Street between Central and Park Squares. Incidentally, City Hall was located on the left-hand side of the drawing, which did not include that part of the town bordering Lynn Common, located just to the east (left) of Park Square.

Until the last decade of the 19th century, Lynn was noted as the nation's leading producer of shoes, especially women's shoes. This reputation is confirmed by the legend identifying forty-one industries. Thirty-one of these are listed as makers of boots and shores, while an additional seven are shoe-related industries.

At least eight churches are depicted, but none are identified. In contrast to the 1849 recreation which identified nine churches, this later view was obviously created as a visual directory of the towns manufacturing center.

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