The Scranton Lace Company 1890-2002
Like the play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939 the Scranton Lace Company adventure would turn out to be both beautiful, and deadly with a twist of dark comedy thrown in for good measure.
Our day starts with a tip from a fellow photographer on checking out the abandoned Scranton Lace Company building in Scranton, PA. This old derelict occupies two city blocks and at the time housed several large lace looms, a theater, bowling alley, showroom, full galley kitchen, gymnasium, infirmary, and the companies famous clock tower. The Scranton Lace Company was a stand up business that seemed to take very good care of its employees.
As you may or may not recall from my “Valley of the Dolls House” entry, Saturday, myself and my friend Lou were supposed to be shooting an old ballroom located in downtown Sayre, Pa. Turns out the guy that we contacted misunderstood which ballroom we were talking about. Who knew there was more than one in the whole state of Pennsylvania let alone the Sayre, Athens area. Well, as it turns out, the one he was talking about was in his HOUSE! Now I don’t know about you, but before today, I knew about negative 10 people who would have a ballroom in their house. I take that back, I know Elton John does but he’s dead and I really don’t know him. (ed. note; Elton John is NOT dead) Anyway, after a few phone calls we head over to the gentleman’s house to take a look.