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Wordless Wednesday: Olmstead-Quaboag Corset Factory [Mar. 13th, 2013|07:40 am]
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From lace-making in Nottingham to this corset factory in West Brookfield, MA, Nana began her Stateside adventure here.
(Olmstead-Quaboag Corset Factory, Feb. 2013. Top 2 images via The Corset and Underwear Review, Vol .18)
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[User Picture]From: amygreenfield
2013-03-13 04:00 pm (UTC)

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Amazing to think anyone could think PEP! about a corset. :)

But it's sad to see it all shut down, Melodye. What a change it must have been for your nana, coming all the way from Nottingham to Massachusetts.

[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2013-03-13 04:24 pm (UTC)

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I know, right? Corsets bring to mind a fainting couch and smelling salts. I'm not sure they knew niche marketing all that well..

I can't begin to describe the range of emotions I felt when I first laid eyes on this factory. It was a wooly gray morning, bitter cold, and I could hardly bear to think of my Nana walking through that office door, nor did I want to think about her working long hours at a sewing machine. But knowing her, she made the best of it. She was an optimist by nature--a trait I inherited from her, thank goodness.
[User Picture]From: boreal_owl
2013-03-13 04:35 pm (UTC)

PEP!

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I could use some pep. Hmm, maybe I should get a corset.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2013-03-14 12:13 am (UTC)

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I need a pep talk. Maybe I should get a corset, too.
[User Picture]From: lorrainemt
2013-03-13 05:35 pm (UTC)

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Those are some enticing Nancy Drew shots. Have you found a hole in the fence yet? I'll follow you in for sure! :)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2013-03-14 12:17 am (UTC)

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If it hadn't been so cold (and let's be honest here--if I hadn't dragged my husband along on this outing), I would've gone 'round the back, in search of a place where I could slip through the fence.

I love that you're adventuresome, just like me. I'd even let you take the lead, now and again... xoxo
[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2013-03-14 02:10 am (UTC)

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Wow, and to think the building is still there!

Quaboag is a big name around here--when I saw it in your post, I knew it must be from when you were visiting/researching.

"Silver Seal Corsets" makes me think of a corset actually made of silver!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2013-03-14 01:54 pm (UTC)

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I am awestruck by that building...yes, it's tired, but I'm so glad that it wasn't torn down before I had the opportunity to see it firsthand.

Since returning home, I've received a lot of invaluable information (stories! pictures!) from Leah Smith, whom I hope to introduce on my blog sometime soon. Too, I've gotten some family treasures via the Historical Society. I can't believe my good fortune!

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From: (Anonymous)
2013-09-14 07:26 pm (UTC)

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Hello! I was showing my friend some pictures of this factory because know of it and I found your webpage. That is very interesting to see the history of it as well as your story! I know who owns the factory now and I've actually been inside, but there is nothing to see unfortunately. Everything of value has been taken and people have even tried breaking in. I wouldn't suggest trying to get inside, as it wouldn't be fruitful, but it certainly is a neat factory and is very interesting to think about what it was like in its prime!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2013-09-14 11:11 pm (UTC)

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Hello there, and welcome! I'm always so happy to "meet" new friends here--especially people who are familiar with the area I'm just now coming to learn about. It's very cool that you've been inside! I've been told before that it's been stripped of its historical relevance, but I'd like to look around inside, if only for the fact that I'd be standing in the same place that my grandmother and other relatives once worked. To share that experience, to breathe in the history I've only just heard about...well, that would be special, indeed. Please give my regards to your friend, the owner. My best to you, as well, as you've brought another smile to my face, just by harkening me back to that factory door. Feel free to email me, if you've got pictures or stories you're willing to share. I'd love to hear from you and/or your friend. ~Melodye