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Clothing Factory retrospect part 1

This place was recently locked up within the last month and they have started to clean it up supposedly to rehab the building and put it to use. Really sad because in it's day it was absolutely the most preserved abandoned place I have ever seen (as far as what was left behind). They just left one day and left everything behind. Over the last year though I watched people vandalize and smash the place up a lot. It's a shame really. So this set is going to be like a best of.

Little history; it was a Men's clothing store/factory from the 1970s (maybe earlier) until about 1985 it seems. They made suits and trench coats mostly judging by what was left behind. They had 4 floors in this place. The bottom is a large open space that looks like a parking garage almost. The 2nd floor was little rooms, perhaps offices. That 2nd floor became a homeless squat and you can see 40oz bottles and trench coats piled up to make beds. The 3rd and 4th floor was the actual factory with tons of sewing machines, fabric, coats and jackets everywhere. The office in this place was a perfectly preserved early 1980s office with giant computers that took 8'' floppies and other primitive devices like punch cards. I should note that these were all taken before I started bringing a tripod so they are at least at 400iso and aren't as pretty as my more recent ones. You might notice the quality improves as you get farther down just since I got better at it. There are 83 photos in this set I picked out of 400. I am going to split it into 2 posts since 83 pictures is just too much for one post. But I think you need all of them to get the whole picture.





1. 2nd floor, homeless squats and graffiti...

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3. Bottom floor

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4.

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5. 3rd floor

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6.

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7.

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8. 1980s office...

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9. Punch cards...

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10. They have all the payroll records still here with each employee and how much they made...

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11.

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12.

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13. A very good year...

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14. Box of fabric swatches...

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15. This used to be the showroom, demo coats would be hanging up there I assume...

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16. In every size...

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17.

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18. Not sure what would have gone on these shelves...

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19. A whole 20ft row of boxes filled with records. I wonder if they had some IRS issues...

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20.

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21. Giant boiler or something. Maybe used to create steam for the presses...

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22.

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23.

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24. The coolest graffiti ever. This was real high up and right at such as spot that when you are leaving downtown you can see this for miles, just a giant Batman logo...

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25. Watch episode 1 of season 4 of HBO's The Wire. This alley is in the first 5 minutes of that episode...

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26.

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27. What self respecting homeless guy leaves his 40 behind...

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28. Fabric pile...

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30.

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31. 8 inchers...

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32. Checks...

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33.

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34. Swatch book...

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35. Choose your buttons...

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36. Take your measurements...

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37.

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38.

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39. Pigeon **** boot, I can taste vomit just by looking at it...

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40.

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To be continued in Part 2.





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