Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry
UPCOMING SLIDE TALK / BOOK SIGNING EVENTS
Thursday, November 5, Gunn Memorial Library (Washington, CT), 6:30 PM
Saturday, November 7, Thomaston Public Library, 1:00 PM
Monday, November 9, Derby Public Library (Elizabeth St.), 6:30 PM
Woodbridge Town Library, November 10, 7:00 PM
PHOTOGRAPHER’S JOURNAL: Long after Seth Thomas Clock Company has ceased to be, leaving Thomaston shorn of the jobs that created the town, the Seth Thomas Building remains an iconic presence that still resonates the glory of the brass industry throughout the Naugatuck Valley. Clock-making flourished here because clocks used lots of brass. Across the river the old Plume & Atwood buildings are mostly gone. They rolled brass for Seth Thomas clocks.
I will never forget the first time I drove up Main Street in Thomaston and was struck by the grand and imposing presence of the Seth Thomas Building, like a town-sized grandfather clock. I knew I was someplace, and I knew I wanted to go back.