Gonic Manufacturing Photographs

Collection Number: 6669 P

Kheel Center for Labor- Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Gonic Manufacturing Photographs, 1940-1960
Collection Number:
6669 P
Creator:
Gonic Manufacturing Company
Quantity:
1 file folder
Forms of Material:
Gelatin silver print, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Aerial and other views of the Gonic Manufacturing Company buildings.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Gonic Manufacturing was founded in 1859 by Nicholas Varney Whitehouse, after his previous business venture in Gonic, N.H., had failed. During the Civil War the high demand for wool uniforms and blankets by the Union Army meant that business was good for the company, which used some of their profits to improve the mill's water power and add steam engines. In 1861 a large addition was added to the west end of the mill.
The 1870s saw a drop in the demand for wool, and a warehouse fire destroy much of Gonic's finished material. After Whitehouse's retirement in 1877 and a weavers' strike the mill closed in 1878. After economic conditions improved the mill reopened in 1880.
By the 1890s a residence for the mill agent and 30 tenements for workers were included in the company's holdings. Although the mill stayed in operation through the Depression, it had to sell many of its tenements in 1935.
World War II saw Gonic Manufacturing fulfilling U.S. Navy orders for blankets and other material, earning it the a "Navy E" award.
During the 1940s and 1950s demand was such that the mill was expanded and improved. The 1960s, however, saw a decline in demand, due in part to the increased use of synthetic fibers.
Gonic Manufacturing Compnay ceased operations and closed in 1971.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Several aerial views of the Gonic Manufacturing Company. Also photographs of the falls, mill yard, and buildings.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Gonic Manufacturing Company.

Subjects:
Forest fires
Textile factories
Textile mills--Office
Waterfalls
Woolen mills

Geographic Subjects:
Gonic (Rochester, N.H.)655: Aerial photographs

Form and Genre Terms:
Gelatin silver print
Photographs


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
Gonic Manufacturing Photographs #6669 P. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
6669: Gonic Manufacturing Records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1940-1960
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts the Gonic Manufacturing Co. in Gonic, N.H., from the air. Complex is in the middle of the photograph; water visible in curve on the left; residential houses in the upper right. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. 17.75 x 12.75 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts the Gonic Manufacturing Co. in Gonic, N.H., from the air. Difficult to see exactly where complex is; possibly hidden by the smoke in the distance (from a forest fire?). See item 9 for a nearly identical view, and item 3 for a much better aerial view of the company. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. 17.75 x 12.75 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts part of Gonic, N.H. (?) from the air. Photograph is blurry so locating the Gonic Manufacturing Co. in this photo is difficult. Wooded area to the left; river flows through the center of the picture; residential areas in the upper and lower right-hand corners. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. 17.75 x 12.75 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts the Gonic Manufacturing Co. building (on the left) and the falls (with a bridge over them) in Gonic, N.H. Mill building is four stories with a bell on the roof. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. See item 7 for a close-up view of the falls, and item 6 for a view of the building on the left taken from the exact opposite direction. 23.5 x 14 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts the mill yard of the Gonic Manufacturing Co. in Gonic, N.H. Mill building with bell on the roof is in the background; another four-story brick mill building with a tower is on the left. Man sitting on park bench under tree on the right. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. 24.25 x 14.5 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts Gonic Manufacturing Co. mill building in Gonic, N.H. Mill building is four-story brick. Taken from bridge; see item 4 for a view of the building from the exact opposite direction. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. 23.5 x 14 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts the falls at the Gonic Manufacturing Co. in Gonic, N.H. Bridge passes over falls; mill building on the left is four-story brick. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. See item 4 for a more distant view of the building and the falls. 23.25 x 15 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts the office building of the Gonic Manufacturing Co. in Gonic, N.H. Building is one-story brick, surrounded by trees. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. 22.5 x 15.5 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts the Gonic Manufacturing Co. in Gonic, N.H., from the air. Difficult to see exactly where complex is; possibly hidden by the smoke in the distance (from a forest fire?). See item 2 for an almost identical view, and item 1 for a much better aerial view of the company. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. 17.75 x 12.75 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.
Box 1 Folder 1
Format: black and white photograph
Gelatin silver print. Image depicts what appears to be a forest fire in Gonic, N.H. The Gonic Manufacturing Co. may be in the lower foreground of the photo but it is difficult to tell. Smoke stretches across the upper half of the photograph. See item 1 for a much better aerial view of the company. Gonic is a village in the city of Rochester, N.H. Gonic Manufacturing Co. was a woolen manufacturer. 17.75 x 12.75 cm.
Format: black and white photograph.