Women sorting rags, Brewer, ca. 1920Item 70280 info
Maine Folklife Center, Univ. of Maine
In 1905 Fred Ayer added a cotton rag mill and the company began making fine, cotton-based paper. Eastern used discarded rags to make a cloth-based paper and women were responsible for sorting the rags.
These women worked under the supervision of a man who is shown in the background of this photo.