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    • Limestone slabs

    • Limestone mills; Employees; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Pictured here are slabs of limestone recently arrived from the quarry. Notice the several gang saws in the background used to cut larger pieces into more manageable ones.
    • From Quarry to Cathedral

    • Quarries and quarrying; National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.); Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Describes the quarrying and production of stone for the Washington Cathedral; with aerial view of Matthews quarries.
    • Exterior view of steam-powered gangsaw mill

    • Steam power plants; Quarries and quarrying; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • The advent of steam registered an enormous impact on the stone industry as steam power was harnessed to existing technologies ranging from the derrick to the saw. By the time this image was taken (ca. 1880), steam had already made deep inroads into...
    • Exterior view of an early limestone mill

    • Employees; Limestone mills; Quarries and quarrying; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • In this exterior shot of an early limestone mill, several figures can be seen posing in front of the workshops in the background. Stacked stone in the gang saws inside bar on the left onto diamond saw, which were inverted for the planer.
    • Worker with belt saw

    • Stone-cutting tools--Belt saws; Limestone mills; Employees; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • By 1973, modern belt or block saws like the one pictured here, originally designed by W. F. Myers Inc. and consisting of a belt of neoprene molded around airplane cable and fitted with highly resilient diamond teeth, had almost completely replaced...
    • Railroad tracks running through a mill

    • Quarries and quarrying; Limestone mills; Employees; Railroads; Dimension stone; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • As this image demonstrates, the railway track often ran directly into the mill to ensure greater transport efficiency and cost effectiveness. The railways often transported the stone properly cutor in the process of being cutlocated on the left...
    • Worker operating a rip saw

    • Stone-cutting tools--Rip saws; Employees; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Early saws, because they were made of iron and operated without the assistance of water to help ensure durability, often deteriorated quickly. Later versions, such as the rip saw in this image included hoses to prevent the saw from overheating and...
    • Stone carvers detailing carved basins

    • Stone carving; Employees--Stone carvers; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Stone carvers work on the floor of the interior of the factory, adding painstaking detail to these ornately carved basins. This is a fine chisel dowel hole for the iron dowel to lift the stone. Notice the hay in that is ready to pack the stone in...
    • Cherub panel carvings

    • Stone carving; Employees--Stone carvers; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Here, stone carvers can be seen putting the finishing touches on some cherubs adorning panels intended for the facade of a building. Notice the man sitting on an old nail keg. Typically, carvers did not sit but stood.
    • Interior of limestone mill

    • Dimension stone; Planing-machines; Employees; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • The planer mill had metal (usually zinc) patterns with each ticket, which specified the size and measurements. You may be able to determine who is working here based on the way the workers are dressed. The man in the white shirt may be quality...
    • Matthews Company factory

    • Employees; Limestone mills; Railroads; Dimension stone; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • An interior shot of the Matthews Stone Company factory. Notice the railroad cars in the foreground used to transport stone directly in and out of the factory floor.
    • Carved urn

    • Limestone mills; Employees--Stone carvers; Stone carving; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • An ornately carved urn produced in the stone carving section of Matthews Brothers Stone Company.
    • Angle grinder

    • Limestone mills; Employees; Stone-cutting tools--Angle grinders; Stone-cutting tools--Rip saws; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Although saws were often employed to make long vertical cuts into the stone, some, such as the one pictured here were enlisted as angle grinders to make smaller cuts into larger pieces of stone.

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