Quarries and quarrying; Limestone mills; Employees; Railroads; Dimension stone; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
As this image demonstrates, the railway track often ran directly into the mill to ensure greater transport efficiency and cost effectiveness. The railways often transported the stone properly cutor in the process of being cutlocated on the left...
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...
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...
Stone carving; Employees--Stone carvers; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
Here, stone carvers can be seen putting the finishing touches on some cherubs adorning panels intended for the facade of a building. Notice the man sitting on an old nail keg. Typically, carvers did not sit but stood.
Employees; Limestone mills; Quarries and quarrying; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
In this exterior shot of an early limestone mill, several figures can be seen posing in front of the workshops in the background. Stacked stone in the gang saws inside bar on the left onto diamond saw, which were inverted for the planer.