Treasure #49 Cocheco prints

 Cocheco prints

Cocheco prints

Begun in 1812 as the Dover Cotton Factory, by the 1880s Dover’s Cocheco Manufacturing Company employed over 1200 people in over 30 acres of manufacturing space downtown. They operated over 2800 looms and 140,000 spindles in their factories and massive machinery in their Print Works in Henry Law Park. While this picture shows just one style, available in various colors, company designers developed over 10,000 patterns, some with up to 12 colors on a single piece of cloth. (Many of these are part of the collection of the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA.) They shipped worldwide, about 65 million yards of printed cottons per year. Operations ceased in 1937.

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