Drinking Fountain A wonderful porcelain drinking fountain on the first floor. Note how it’s wrapped. Related Similar Images ...based on the tags: spools, water-fountains... This picture typifies the industrial ideal of the early 20th century. More metal than air. More efficiency than beauty. More profits than people. The left wall is stacked high with wooden crates holding spools. Tags hang on machines describing the last batch of silk the mill ever produced. Empty spools, thousands of them, were around the mill. These wide spools sit atop the abandoned tracks that lead to the train shed, which was later repurposed into a truck shed. I wonder when fluorescent lighting was added. A guard to keep sawdust from the water fountain. The batch tag specifies some of the technical properties of the silk worked here. I really like the porcelain guides for the silk threads, probably used because they could be polished for perfect, persistent, smoothness. There were bins with hundreds of spools in them in the basement.