Noise! / by Dave Hileman

These cotton looms are in Lowell, MA. There are more than 100 per floor and four floors. When we were there the ranger set a few, I think 7 or 8 to run and you could not hear anything else. No wonder so many of the operators became deaf during their working years. The dust, the noise, the danger of all that machinery, and many of the people who worked 6 long days still thought it was a better choice than farming.

Lowell National Historic Park