Gilbert and Bennett Spools
This picture is from the portfolio of Glen Babyak, better known as Drifter Photography. This particular picture is of The Gilbert & Bennett Manufacturing Company (G&B), which owned and operated a wire fence and screen manufacturing facility in Georgetown, CT which opened in 1830 and was shuttered in 1989.
The company is described as having been "guided by nineteenth-century paternalism and enlightened self-interest which carried over well into the twentieth century" for it having "shaped a community which today resembles the rural industrial village of nineteenth-century Utopian ideology."
The company began as a cottage industry weaving animal hair from cows and horses, started by Benjamin Gilbert. Water power was needed, and the enterprise used a former sawmill facility downriver from the later factory site. After much development and a fire, the company focused on wire products.
This is what remains….