Workers posing for photo at Cambridge Slate Works, taken in the slate belt of Pennsylvania. In the background stacked pieces of slate. Mascot held by man at left.
Note that workforce included young boys.
Written on negative LR:
Tag on back: ‘THE STAUFFER STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHS AND FRAMES TO ORDER Slatington Penn.’
Mounted mounted on thick cardboard
Photo: 7 ⅞” x 9 ⅝”
Board 12” x 14”
Small tear mid-right side of cardboard. Some corner crease of cardboard.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Oliver M. Stauffer, engaged as photographer at Slatington since 1900… O. M. Stauffer. Slatington, Pa., committed suicide (1917)
…The Slatington Historic District is significant for its association with industry and for architecture. The Slatington Historic District — beginning with the name of the municipality — possesses close historical ties to the Pennsylvania slate industry, which produced roofing slate, blackboards, school slates, and mantles throughout more than one-half of the nineteenth century and into the early decades of the twentieth century…
No fewer than twenty slate quarries developed in and around the unincorporated village. None are extant within the Slatington Historic District, but the district's close ties to the industry grew from its proximity to the quarries and natural outcroppings of slate can be seen throughout the district. Within the eventual borough boundaries were four quarries: the Washington Quarry was established in 1885 and employed from sixty to one hundred, the Cambridge Quarry (1895) had a force of forty to fifty…