Engineering, Then and Now: Peter Schwamb and the Construction of the Mount Wilson Telescope

In December of this year, NASA will try to launch the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This project has suffered from delays, technical problems, and budget woes. In that respect, it is typical of Big Science endeavors. A century ago, the world's largest telescope was under construction in greater Boston and going through the same … Continue reading Engineering, Then and Now: Peter Schwamb and the Construction of the Mount Wilson Telescope

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