Animal Hide Glue: Go-To Adhesive in the Schwambs’ Frame-making Process

The Old Schwamb Mill’s glue room is one of its timeless interior spaces. Located at the northwest corner of the main building’s second floor, its windows overlook Mill Brook and Mill Lane. Indeed, the glue room is a time capsule illustrating a key step in the frame-making process: the gluing of the frame quadrants. Here, … Continue reading Animal Hide Glue: Go-To Adhesive in the Schwambs’ Frame-making Process

Edward Schwamb and the Crescent Zouave Fife and Drum Corps

Today’s Schwamb Shares entry travels outside the mill building to explore some of the cultural life in the small emerging Crescent Hill neighborhood, a section of today’s Arlington Heights established in 1872, several blocks west of the Charles Schwamb mill. A vibrant mix of artisans, recent immigrants, and Boston professionals settled into the new suburban … Continue reading Edward Schwamb and the Crescent Zouave Fife and Drum Corps

What We Can Learn from the Mill’s Accident Reports

Ninth in an occasional series of Schwamb Shares The Old Schwamb Mill’s archives include 78 accident reports completed between 1915 and 1930. The reports were submitted to the Federal Mutual Liability Insurance Company of Boston, Mass., the insurance company covering the Clinton W. Schwamb Company’s workers in accordance with Massachusetts Workmen’s Compensation Act of 1911. … Continue reading What We Can Learn from the Mill’s Accident Reports

Paper Ephemera: Windows into the Schwamb Mill’s Work Culture

Seventh in an occasional series of Schwamb Shares During the course of a tour of the Old Schwamb Mill objects such as tools, machines and historical artifacts are the main attraction. A less evident, parallel display of paper items affixed to the Mill’s walls also deserves our attention. visitors with eagle eyes can spot political … Continue reading Paper Ephemera: Windows into the Schwamb Mill’s Work Culture