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John P. King and Sibley cotton mills, Augusta Ga.
Title: John P. King and Sibley cotton mills, Augusta Ga.
Date: 1900-1910

Early-twentieth century postcard image of the John P. King and Sibley cotton mills on the Savannah River in Augusta, Georgia. John P. King Cotton Mill appears in the foreground of the image and Sibley Cotton Mill appears in the background. The expansion of the Augusta Canal between 1872 and 1875 served to further spur the growth of the cotton manufacturing industry in Augusta. In 1880 the Sibley Cotton Mill was built on the former site of the Confederate Powder Mill. The mill was outfitted with automatic sprinklers in addition to electric lighting and provided tenement housing for its employees. At the turn of the twentieth century Sibley Cotton Mill employed approximately eight hundred Augustans. Construction began on the John P. King Cotton Mill in 1882 and the mill produced its first bobbin in October of 1883. The four story mill was headed by Charles Estes and employed approximately six hundred people at the turn of the twentieth century.

Front of postcard: "206,515. [JV. in a circle (publisher's mark)]."

Inscribed on verso: "Augusta, Ga., Aug. 21, 1910, I have just returned home. I received your card and was glad to hear from you. --Cassie Murphey"

Addressed to Miss Ella C. Mayo, Orange, Mass.

Original postcard scanned and described by the Digital Library of Georgia as a part of Georgia HomePLACE: an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service and GALILEO.

Subjects: Augusta Canal (Ga.)--Pictorial works | Savannah River (Ga. and S.C.)--Power utilization--Pictorial works | Savannah River (Ga. and S.C.)--Commerce | Canals--Georgia--Augusta--Pictorial works | John P. King Cotton Mill (Augusta, Ga.) | Sibley Cotton Mill (Augusta, Ga.) | Textile factories--Georgia--Augusta | Cotton textile industry--Georgia--Augusta | Cotton manufacture--Georgia--Augusta | Picture postcards | Augusta (Ga.) | Richmond County (Ga.)
Contributors: Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System (Augusta, Ga.) | Digital Library of Georgia | Picturing Augusta Collection (Digital Library of Georgia)
Online publisher: [Athens, Ga.] : Digital Library of Georgia, 2005.
Original material: 1 postcard : col. ill.
John P. King and Sibley cotton mills, Augusta Ga. New York ; Boston : Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co., [between 1900 and 1910]
Picturing Augusta: historic postcards from the collection of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System.
Rights: Cite as: [title of postcard], Augusta and Environs Picture Post Cards in Color, East Central Central Georgia Regional Library, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.

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