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2005.34.137 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
The note typed on the back of this photograph, made of thick but flexible cloth-like paper, states, "Warp Tying Machine No. 1 - 1904." This Howard Colman invention was awarded a patent on November 25, 1913.

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A woman works with spools of thread at the Barber-Colman Company.

76.40.1 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
A photograph showing Barber-Colman's overhead belt drive, a system employed before each machine had individual motors.

89.179.5f 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
This woman works at a textile machine at the Barber-Colman Company in the 1960s.

2007.34.158a 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
A black and white photograph showing a young, bespectacled Howard Colman (1873-1942) on the day he married Bertha Maguire, June 17, 1902. In Jon Lundin's book Master Inventor (2006, p. 336), Lundin states, "After a honeymoon in Alaska, the Colmans…

2005.34.155b 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
This aerial view depicting Rockford's east side (right) split from the west side (left) by the Rock River, shows the Barber-Colman complex in the lower left portion. The Reed Chatwood Company purchased the textile machinery division of Barber-Colman…

2009.39.1 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
This black & white photograph depicts a Barber-Colman event at the Faust Hotel, 618-634 E. State at 4th St., which opened in 1929. The dance floor is empty with a large group of people standing towards the back. Along the dance floor are four tables…
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