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    • Railway line through Independent Limestone Company

    • Independent Limestone Company; Railroads; Quarries and quarrying; Dimension stone
    • A view of a railway line running right through the quarry. Quarry developers were ever mindful of location when selecting a site--while they could utilize existing state and federal tracks, they were responsible for financing the construction of...
    • Postcard of The Washington Cathedral

    • Limestone Industry--Printed ephemera; Limestone Industry--Marketing; Matthews Brothers Stone Company; National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)
    • A view of the Washington Cathedral in Washington, DC from the South Side. The Bishop's Garden can be seen in the foreground.
    • Matthews Brothers magazine advertisement

    • Advertising--Building materials; Commercial buildings; Church buildings; Quarries and quarrying; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Advertisements like this one illustrating the way in which limestone was processed were common fare in local newspapers and magazines, alike. This page features a small photo of the Matthews Brothers plant and example building photos.
    • Angle grinder

    • Limestone mills; Employees; Stone-cutting tools--Angle grinders; Stone-cutting tools--Rip saws; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Although saws were often employed to make long vertical cuts into the stone, some, such as the one pictured here were enlisted as angle grinders to make smaller cuts into larger pieces of stone.
    • Matthews & Sons advertisement, 1876

    • Advertising--Building materials; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • An advertisement for the Ellettsville Steam Stone Works, John Matthews & Son, Ellettsville, IND., from the Bloomington Courier, March 30, 1876.
    • Carved urn

    • Limestone mills; Employees--Stone carvers; Stone carving; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • An ornately carved urn produced in the stone carving section of Matthews Brothers Stone Company.
    • Worker with belt saw

    • Stone-cutting tools--Belt saws; Limestone mills; Employees; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • By 1973, modern belt or block saws like the one pictured here, originally designed by W. F. Myers Inc. and consisting of a belt of neoprene molded around airplane cable and fitted with highly resilient diamond teeth, had almost completely replaced...
    • Philadelphia Exhibition award, 1876

    • Limestone Industry--Prices; Limestone Industry--Awards; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Copy of award received at December 8, 1876, Philadelphia International Exhibition "for the good color, homogeneous grain and strength of stone exhibited."
    • Worker operating a rip saw

    • Stone-cutting tools--Rip saws; Employees; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Early saws, because they were made of iron and operated without the assistance of water to help ensure durability, often deteriorated quickly. Later versions, such as the rip saw in this image included hoses to prevent the saw from overheating and...
    • Letter from Fred Matthews to Roger Morigi, 1985

    • Limestone Industry--Printed ephemera; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Fred Matthews sent this letter to Roger Morigi, one the nations premier stone carvers who carved many of the elaborate figures for the Cathedral, on April 24, 1985, following the 1984 release of the film "Stone Carvers" about the stoneworkers of...

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