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... Note the large belt pulley in the center of the frame. Follow the axel it’s on and you’ll see several belts still attached to the drive, which was originally steam-driven. There were bins with hundreds of spools in them in the basement. The batch tag specifies some of the technical properties of the silk worked here. We know what the ladies’ favorite treats were! Found holding parts on a repair cart. A guard to keep sawdust from the water fountain. The note on the left announces that the spindles in the crates are dirty. Aluminum spools replaced their wooden counterparts, later in the factory’s history. I really like the porcelain guides for the silk threads, probably used because they could be polished for perfect, persistent, smoothness. These wide spools sit atop the abandoned tracks that lead to the train shed, which was later repurposed into a truck shed.