Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dayton, Ohio factory and workers, c. 1910

This company has a long and storied history. NCR was based in Dayton since 1884, but in June 2009--so recently!-- sold off its properties and moved to Atlanta. I remember working an old brass register at the NYU bookstore in the village, c. 1974, one of my first jobs. It was like driving a truck! Heavy handle to push down, and that loud noise when a calculation was complete. From cash registers to computers, NCR has stayed relevant and in business for a very long time.

These are unused post cards, but I will guess c. 1910 because of the fashions. The postcards have a slightly glossy, not a matte finish. I found these cards at the Rutherford Labor Day Street Festival here in N.J. I love cards that show workers from long ago, but I especially love these cards because the 2012 Paper Doll Convention will be Aug. 9-12 in Dayton. More on that in the months to come.

The Daily Postcard blog has great pictures of workers at the turn of the century, such as these ladies at the Endicott Johnson shoe factory.

(And I see many other favorites posted in recent days, like old New York City hotels!)

1 comment:

  1. How wonderful to have the two cards together. Neither one would be half as good without the other. Look how many women worked there!It almost looks as if they're running away from the factory in the second one. A race to the streetcar?

    I was surprised to see a link to my earlier factory post. Thank you! I think factories would be a great subject for a postcard collection, particularly if you could get some real-photo cards from the factories too. I rarely see them though. Most of the factory cards I have don't show people or interiors.