Workmen pose in the steamy interior of the scalding room where ladies beaver hats are treated at the Waring Hat Manufacturing Co. in Yonkers, New York. Some of the men wear protective aprons. On the left, boxes and rolled bundles of material lie on work tables. Pipes with valves descend from the ceiling to hang over the tables. Lengths of material tied to sticks also hang from the ceiling. An investigator described this room as "filled with hot vapors, excessively hot, humid and dirty." The same room appears in image NYSA_A3029-78_B5_F2, "Hat factory: scalding room, no. 2."
New York State Archives. Factory Investigating Commission. Glass plate negatives and photographic prints of factory and housing conditions. 1911-1912. A3029-78, Box 4, Folder 1.
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