Abandoned Pennsylvania: The Loom Room, Scranton Lace
When former presidential candidate and current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, refers back to her working class roots in the industrial town of silk mills and coal mines, she is talking about Scranton, Pennsylvania, where her grandfather started working at Scranton Lace at the age of 11. The elder Rodham was later joined at the lace mill by his son, the former First Lady’s father, Hugh E. Rodham. The Scranton Lace Curtain Manufacturing Company was established in 1890. From 1916 to 2002 the company remained the first and largest known producer of Nottingham Lace in the United States. The company closed in 2002 after some risky investments.
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