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Workers at David Cummings & Co. shoe factory, South Berwick, ca. 1900

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Workers at David Cummings & Co. shoe factory, South Berwick, ca. 1900
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Description

Workers in a room of the David Cummings & Company shoe factory stood, each in front of his workbench, around a worktable strewn with cuttings for leather shoe uppers.

The Cummings factory building on Norton Street was constructed about 1872. By the late 1800s, the mill employed 350 men and women who manufactured nearly 5000 pairs of shoes per day. The factory later operated as the South Berwick Shoe, Inc., and, finally, as the Duchess Shoe Company. It closed in the early 1990s.

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