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Black and white photograph of the production area at Elco. While most of the employee stations are empty, but two employees can be seen on the left hand side of the photograph. The machinery itself looks very complex and was arguably used to produce…

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee putting a product into a Surface Combustor. It appears as though the product was edited on this photograph (has a raised surface) to possibly make the finished product more presentable. The photograph…

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee pulling a cage filled with product out of a watertub. This was presumably the last stop before the product was sent for its final inspection. It appears as though the product was edited on this…

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee working on a large production machine. The employee is stationed on the left hand side of the machine and seems to be focusing on one side of the belt. Surrounding the machine is several metal tubs…

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee standing next to a large machine in one of the production areas. The employee is stationed on the left hand side of the machine and seems to be evaluating something in his hand. There are other machines…

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee standing next to a large machine in one of the production areas. It looks as though this machine uses flames to help in the creation of bolts and screws; like the ones rolling off the conveyor belt. When…

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee carefully using one of the machines in the production area where he is monitoring how deep the drill is going into the piece of metal.
It appears as though the product was edited on this photograph…

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Black and white marketing photograph from Elco showing a box of "Speedized Wood Screws."

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee examining a finished bolt as it makes its way down the conveyor belt. When the products rolled off the belt they would fall into mental trays at the bottom of the machine. It was the employee's job to…

2018.78.256 96dpi wm.jpg
Black and white photograph from Elco showing a partial view of an employee sorting through a large pile of screws. Sorting the screws by hand allowed for one final evaluation by Elco staff before the screws were packaged up for sale. This helped to…

2018.78.257 96dpi wm.jpg
Black and white photograph of an Elco employee weighing screws before putting them in their designated boxes. Weighing screws allowed for an equal amount of product in each box. This particular set of screws are Elco's "Wood Screws."

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A professional photograph of a Barber-Colman Fishermans Knotter. Information (Negative No. Ex. 7083; Date 10-31-63; Taken By Al Thibodeau; Witnessed By Ralph Andres) is listed on the photo's front bottom right portion.

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Mary Ann “Mate” Sealy was born in Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England, on January 29, 1834 to Richard Sealy (born c. 1804 in South Welton, England) and Maria Louisa Champion Sealy (born c. 1803 in Wells, England). Her family (including 3 brothers )…

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A colorized graphic of Central and Northwestern Railroad Depot station with dirt road and two open-top automobiles.

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A display of the instruments taken from the Greater Rockford airplane, spread on a carpeted floor. In Hassell's autobiography, A Viking with Wings (1987, p. 198), the caption underneath this photograph states, "A helicopter reconnaissance crew from…

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Color photograph of the News Tower Building on the East side of the Rock River by the State Street Bridge. Notice the boat pulling a skier in front of the building. On back: "Home of the Rockford Register-Republic and the Rockford Morning Star, and…

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The photograph on this postcard shows an almost Gothic looking church building with a red roof. On the back: "Original church founded 1856. Present building located at 3000 Rural Street, completed in 1951."

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This color photograph shows the church building located at Court and Mulberry Streets. On the back: "Organized in 1852. First church built in one hundred block of North Court Street, dedicated 1854. Present church completed in 1887 and in 1917 the…

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This color photograph depicts the Gothic style of this expansive building. A cross sits atop a three-arched entranceway and two other crosses adorn twin apices at opposite ends of the church. Note the 1950s automobiles and the churchgoers' attire. On…

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Stamped "Nov. 22, 1955," this photograph shows several workers, some above ground level and others below, during construction of the Fordham Dam.

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Stamped "Nov. 22, 1955," this black and white photograph pictures workers, above and beneath ground level, constructing the Fordham Dam on the Rock River.

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Stamped "Nov. 22, 1955," this photograph depicts below grade construction work featuring a 24 inch water pipe installed in the building of the Fordham Dam.

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Stamped "Nov. 29, 1955," this black and white photograph shows below ground level construction on the Fordham Dam.

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This photograph depicts a dump truck unloading at the curb of the Sears construction site, 711 N. Main, looking north up that street.

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Depiction of construction work on the site of the Fordham Dam.

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Sidewalk and utility construction for the Sears building project, 711 N. Main, looking south along that street toward the Coronado Theatre.

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A worker looks on at the Fordham Dam construction site at 711 N. Main Street.

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Men and machines converge on construction work for the Fordham Dam on the Rock River.

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A black and white photograph depicting work between street and curb for the Sears building project on N. Main Street.

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This photograph shows details of the Fordham Dam on the Rock River.

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A depiction showing sidewalk and utility construction for the Sears building project in front of the Illinois National Guard Armory (right), which was next door and just south of Sears. Notice Albert Carlson Used Cars, 612 N. Main Street, on the…

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This view looks across N. Main Street at the Sears building and workers at the curb in front of the store's parking lot at 711 N. Main Street.

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This photograph captures the emerging west facade of the Sears building facing Main Street at 711 N. Main.

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This photograph looks north along Main Street toward the Sears store (right), 711 N. Main Street, under construction.

2012.16.26 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
A photograph showing an inlet of the Rock River at the Fordham Dam.

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Men and machines are seen at the edge of the icy Rock River during work on the Fordham Dam.

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A view of the bank of the Rock Rive at Fordham Dam.

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This photograph, looking across N. Main Street, depicts the west facade of the Sears store under construction. Note the Sears Roebuck sign in front of the bare trees to the left of the building.

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A photograph depicting a portion of the Fordham Dam on the Rock River

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Fordham Dam on the Rock River.

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A completed pipe flume is in place for supplying emergency water. For a view from the opposite direction, see photo 2012.16.8.

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The washout of this spur track was caused by flood waters from Sahlstrom property. In this photograph, workers are undertaking repairs.

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This very faded, sepia-toned photograph depicts an unknown business office with several men working at their desks. For an additional and better view, see photo 2016.1.24a.

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This woman works at a textile machine at the Barber-Colman Company in the 1960s.

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

Charles Sealy to Mary Sealy, Camp Ellsworth, Chicago, Illinois.
Charles Sealy, born in Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. Moved to Rochester, NY with parents in 1835. Came to Rockford in 1855. He & his 2 brothers served in Union Army during the Civil War. Charles enlisted in Company G, 44th Regiment out of…

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Charles Sealy, born in Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. Moved to Rochester, NY with parents in 1835. Came to Rockford in 1855. He & his 2 brothers served in Union Army during the Civil War. Charles enlisted in Company G, 44th Regiment out of…

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Charles Sealy, born in Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. Moved to Rochester, NY with parents in 1835. Came to Rockford in 1855. He & his 2 brothers served in Union Army during the Civil War. Charles enlisted in Company G, 44th Regiment out of…

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Charles Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. He moved with his parents and brothers to Rochester, New York in 1835. They later moved to Geneva , NY and finally Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union…

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Charles Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. He moved with his parents and brothers to Rochester, New York in 1835. They later moved to Geneva , NY and finally Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union…

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Charles Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. He moved with his parents and brothers to Rochester, New York in 1835. They later moved to Geneva , NY and finally Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union…

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Charles Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. He moved with his parents and brothers to Rochester, New York in 1835. They later moved to Geneva , NY and finally Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union…

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Charles Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. He moved with his parents and brothers to Rochester, New York in 1835. They later moved to Geneva , NY and finally Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union…

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