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Iron Foundry, circa 1850

Allyn Cox

Oil on Canvas


Great Experiment Hall

Cox Corridors


The expansion and industrialization of America required iron and steel for railroads, bridges, skyscrapers, and tools. The mural shows work at the foundry of the Nashua, New Hampshire, Iron Company.


Left: Women leave their homes to work in a factory, symbolizing a change in American society brought about by industrialization.

Right: The cotton gin represents the replacement of hand labor by mechanization.


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Taken on December 7, 2011