Monday, September 14, 2009

West Paris and the clothes pin industry

On a road trip earlier this summer we decided to cruise through West Paris... Maine that is. West Paris is where Ali's childhood home is located and she suggested that we check out the old Penley Clothes Pin Factory. The factory closed down around 2003, which is a shame since the area could really use an economic boost. You can read about Penley's history here.

Of course, I couldn't resist taking this photo of a sign for Lewis H. Mann & Son that is, one... giant... clothes pin. Bet that won't roll of the porch when you're hangin' laundry!


Jim Burke said...

Dan, I live at the Mann Mill site. Back in '86 I deconstructed the old mill, recycling the lumber to build my own humble home using part of the original foundation. I had not seen this photo before. Thanks! :)

Jim Burke

Anonymous said...

Where is the clothespin sign, now? I live across from the lot where it used to be. My house would be facing it. This is so neat!

John Pinker said...

My Grand farther Linwood Buck Use to run the Steam Boiler that ran the old mill. Got the chance to see it when i was about 5 or 6 years old.