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Exposition Cotton Mills Photographs

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Exposition Cotton Mills photographs, 1943-1948 (VIS 122)

The International Cotton Exposition of 1881 was one of three expositions in Atlanta designed to attract business and venture capitol to Atlanta.  Buildings were erected for the 1881 exposition along what is now Ashby Street in West Atlanta.  In 1882, these structures were converted into a textile mill, and became the Exposition Cotton Mills.  This collection contains images depicting the interior of the Exposition Cotton Mills and its employees, spinning equipment and copies of illustrations regarding the International Cotton Exposition of 1881 from Harper’s Weekly.    Photographers featured in this collection include Gabriel Benzur, and Lane Brothers, of Atlanta, Georgia.

The Exposition Cotton Mills photographs contains 51 black and white photographic prints, 31 of which are digitized and available on this database. To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.