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Carpet mill book honored war effort

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Two years after the end of World War II, Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam published a small picture book, “Smoke: The Story of a Fight.” The title linked the smoke of hearth fires and factories, “the servant of man,” with the smoke of warfare, “the master.” The book cover was made of canvas, produced at Mohawk. Amsterdam’s two major employers, Mohawk and Bigelow-Sanford, converted production from carpets to canvas and blankets during the war. Millions ...


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