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For Labor Day here is a set of mills and mill workers from Fall River, Mass.  It doesn’t seem that long ago when a “factory outlet” meant walking along a path through the shop floor to a back room full of seconds.  All the time while proud members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) made the clothing we all wore.  

From 1961.

Copy this good deserves to be typed out in full:

If your Harvey Probber chair wobbles, straighten your floor.

Every piece of furniture that Harvey Probber makes at Fall River, Mass. is placed on a test platform to make sure it’s on the level. If you get it, it is. Mr. Probber loses a lot of furniture this way.
Mr. Probber’s furniture has an almost luminous satin finish. It is produced by a unique machine that has 5 fingers and is called the human hand. 
This luminous finish takes a long time to achieve, but it lasts a long time. The lovely chair above could be made with 14 less dowels, 2 yards less webbing, thinner woods and so forth. You wouldn’t know the difference, but Harvey Probber would. Of course, in a few years you would know too.

Agency: Papert Koenig Lois, New York
Copywriter: Julian Koenig
Art Director: George Lois

(H/T to Richard Shotton!)

Aaron Hernandez found guilty of murder

A jury in Fall River, Mass., found former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder in death of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez, 25, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for the conviction. He was also found guilty of weapons and ammunition charges. - The Boston Globe

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(Photo: Boston Globe staff)