Boarding-House for Mill Girls
This unattributed advertisement (printed both in the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun) details the layout and amenities of a new boardinghouse for female factory workers in Baltimore, Maryland. The Woodbury cotton-duck factory in Baltimore was one of the larger cotton-manufacturing corporations in the country. Cotton duck refers to a heavy woven fabric more commonly called canvas. The amenities at the Woodbury boardinghouse could be a major draw, especially for those girls who came from middle-class backgrounds and who chose factory work of their own accord. Important to note are the parlor, library, and organ, showing that the factory workers had use for them in their leisure time.
Cotton manufacture--United States