Slater's Spinning Frame

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Summary

The 48-spindle spinning machine, the oldest piece of cotton mill machinery in America, built by Samuel Slater and operated by him on December 20, 1790, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Exhibited in 1876 at Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, and in 1885, lent by United States National Museum for exhibition at World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition in New Orleans. The spinning frame was presented by Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry.

Subject

  • Slater, Samuel 1768-1835
  • United States National Museum
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 54A, Folder: 18

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

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Topic

  • Cotton machinery
  • Cotton spinning
  • Slater Spinning Frame
  • Exhibitions
  • Agriculture
  • Spinning
  • Expositions
  • Expositions--Philadelphia

Place

Philadelphia

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Object

ID Number

30707-G

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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