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Dickens Brothers leather works, Northampton BB99_05292

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Filename: BB99_05292.jpg

Size: 5102 x 3747 (6.6MB)

Date: 5th July 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Dickens Brothers leather works, Northampton BB99_05292

DICKENS BROTHERS, Northampton. Photograph of interior of leather works c.1929. Preparing leather for the shoe and boot industry

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the bustling interior of Dickens Brothers leather works in Northampton, England, circa 1929. The image offers a rare glimpse into the industrial process of preparing leather for the shoe and boot industry during the early 20th century. The scene is filled with a sense of purpose and productivity as workers diligently tend to their tasks. In the foreground, a man carefully trims excess fat from a freshly tanned hide, while another man, clad in protective apron and goggles, operates a large machine, likely used for shaving or smoothing the leather. The atmosphere is thick with the scent of leather and the sounds of machinery, as the workers expertly navigate their way through the maze of equipment and raw materials. The walls are lined with shelves of tools and finished leather, while the floor is covered in piles of hides, waiting to be transformed into high-quality footwear. The Dickens Brothers leather works was a significant contributor to Northampton's thriving shoe industry, which was renowned for its craftsmanship and innovation during this period. The town's proximity to rich grazing lands and abundant water sources made it an ideal location for tanning and leather production. This photograph is a testament to the skill and dedication of the workers, who played a crucial role in the creation of the durable and stylish footwear that put Northampton on the map as a global leader in the industry. The Dickens Brothers leather works, with its intricate process and attention to detail, represents a bygone era of industrial craftsmanship and innovation.

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