Abandoned Pennsylvania: Certified Bowling, Scranton Lace
The owners of the Scranton Lace Factory understood the benefits of early 20th century corporate welfare, and strongly encouraged employees to take advantage of their recreational provisions because it took them away from meeting in groups to form unions outside of the company. Scranton Lace installed bowling alleys on the premises during the height of the employee unionization movement in the United States. The facility also contained a gymnasium, a barber and a fully staffed infirmary. Scranton Lace employed more than 1,400 and was the world’s largest producer of Nottingham lace. Production stopped forever in 2002.
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