Newspaper Update

I’ve been a bit lazy in terms of posting, but over the past few weeks I’ve made my way to the end of 1950. At the beginning of the year, the textile industry was struggling a bit, but had bounced back by the end in part due to the start of the Korean War.

I had high hopes when I came across articles describing pamphlets celebrating Pacific Mills’ 150th anniversary – but really, articles about Pacific Mills were a bit slim. The two major ones were the celebration of 285 days without lost time, and catching 5 men who had been stealing fabric from the mill. There was no mention of renewing a labor contract.

To this point, there has been no mention of Pacific Mills buying new equipment, unfortunately. I have collected quite a number of articles about other mills doing so – many that are not even in the Columbia area – so I am inclined to think it simply happened later than I had supposed.

The overwhelming majority of the articles discuss developments at individual mills in South Carolina, or the greater Southeastern textile industry. Of particular interest might be: the visit of British textile experts to Columbia Mill, several articles about the textile “recession” during the first half of 1950, and a very long – and eventually violent – strike at Greenville mill that resulted in an occupation by the National Guard.

I’ll leave you with an image that I find fascinating, both in terms of this project, but also as a resident & historic preservationist in Columbia: a map of city population based on specific districts. The Olympia district is so small, but still has a larger population than many of the geographically larger districts around it.

Hours: 11


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