Posted 5 years ago
W. S. Kennedy Basket Factory was located in Stockbridge, Michigan from 1895 to 1915 or so, at least as much as I have found. Interestingly, I find a 1903 note in "Crafts and Hobbies" which says they are seeking fire insurance! Makes good sense to me. They made baskets out of ash wood...and that giant trade sign basket on the roof could go right up in flames!
Plenty of cultural and historical content for one photograph, despite condition. Looks like a staff of around twenty, counting the victims of child labor laws on the steps. Likely Old Man Kennedy's kids.
I sure would like that big basket. It looks like it could pretty much hold the entire staff, that is if you stuffed them in tight.
Original Photograph, circa 1900 Collection Jim Linderman