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This is a 1950 magazine advertisement for Bigelow Rugs and Carpets made by Bigelow Mills, Clinton, Mass. - In 1839, Erastus Bigelow permanently reshaped the industry with the invention of the power loom for weaving carpets. Bigelow's loom, which doubled carpet production the first year after its creation and tripled it by 1850, is now part of the Smithsonian Institution's collections. He continued to devote his life to innovation -- 35 separate patents were issued to him between 1839 and 1876. Bigelow introduced the first broadloom carpet in 1877. The 1847 Bigelow Mill in Clinton, Massachusetts was added to the National Historic Register in 1978.