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The Old Record Book

This past weekend I had a great opportunity to photograph an abandoned building in Woodstock Ontario. This place was filled with some amazing photo opportunities.

I took this shot on the lower level in a room where the ceiling was partial falling down. It look like it was a room where a security guard would be back in the day. I thought that this would be a cool thing to capture.


Here is a bit of information on the building:

Kenneth W. Harvey started Oxford Knitting Co. in 1906, on Ingersoll Ave. at Oxford, but sold it in 1909. In 1912 he opened Ken Knit, at 95 Wilson, in Woodstock ON. Ken Knit made ladies and children’s underwear. In 1920 Kenneth W. Harvey opened his second factory on Vansittart Ave in Woodstock as Hoisery Ltd. to capitalize on the popularity of hosiery. In the late 1920s, the senior officers of a competing company, Zimmerknit Co. of Hamilton, were killed in a rail crossing accident. Kenneth. W. Harvey bought their company and he ran the three factories until 1937 when York Knitting Co (owned by .D. Woods), bought and took over the three businesses: Zimmerknit Co. of Hamilton, the Harvey Knitting Company and Hosiers Ltd in Woodstock. In 1964 York Knitting moved all its manufacturing to Woodstock and in 1966 officially changed its name to Harvey Woods Ltd. to match the retail name of its products.


Business began to fall off in the 1980′s and to reduce costs Harvey Woods Ltd began to consolidate it’s factories, but it wasn’t enough to keep the business independent and in 1983 it was bought out by the T.A.G. Apparel Group. Business continued to decline until 1990 when in March of that year the T.A.G. Apparel Group went into receivership and laid off it’s last 600 employees.

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Taken on April 12, 2013