Drinking Fountain A wonderful porcelain drinking fountain on the first floor. Note how it’s wrapped. 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. These wide spools sit atop the abandoned tracks that lead to the train shed, which was later repurposed into a truck shed. 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. There were bins with hundreds of spools in them in the basement. This picture typifies the industrial ideal of the early 20th century. More metal than air. More efficiency than beauty. More profits than people. The batch tag specifies some of the technical properties of the silk worked here. The note on the left announces that the spindles in the crates are dirty. A guard to keep sawdust from the water fountain. We know what the ladies’ favorite treats were! Found holding parts on a repair cart.