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Author Roth, Emery, II, author, photographer.

Title Brass Valley : made in America / Emery Roth II ; [foreword by John W. Barto ; introduction by William Hosley].

Publication Info. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Publishing, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  770 ROTH    Check Shelf
Description 239 pages : color illustrations ; 31 x 23 cm
Summary In this ode to Connecticut's Naugatuck River Valley, vibrant photos and moving poetry relate the region's legendary industrial history and ponder its legacy. The story begins in 1802, when two metalworking families joined forces to manufacture brass. Business soared during the War of 1812 with the demand for buttons, and soon brass parts became essential in the age of steam and electricity. As large-scale brass manufacturing grew across what became known as Brass Valley, mill towns along the river, such as Torrington and Waterbury, developed into thriving cultural centers. This continued until 2014, when the last plant closed, and the tradition of soot-covered workers charging generations-old furnaces came to an end. This poignant elegy captures the glowing metal flying through the air at the Ansonia foundry in its final days, as well as abandoned opera houses and train tracks, the vestiges of a dying infrastructure and American way of life.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Brass founding -- Connecticut -- Naugatuck River Valley -- Pictorial works.
Naugatuck River Valley (Conn.) -- Pictorial works.
American Brass Company -- Pictorial works.
Brass industry and trade -- Connecticut -- Naugatuck River Valley -- Pictorial works.
American Brass Company. (OCoLC)fst00568006
Brass founding. (OCoLC)fst00837968
Brass industry and trade. (OCoLC)fst00837971
Connecticut -- Naugatuck River Valley. (OCoLC)fst01274769
Genre/Form Pictorial works. (OCoLC)fst01423874
Added Author Barto, John W., author of foreword.
Hosley, William, author of introduction.
ISBN 9780764349300 (hardcover)
0764349309 (hardcover)
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