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This album contains twenty-one black and white photographs and captions that show the facilities and operations of the Houston Compress Company, circa 1920. The images depict the company's warehouses, railroad platforms, offices, and compress equipment. Several of the photographs show the firm's employees operating the compress machines, loading cotton bales onto railroad cars, and inspecting the cotton for quality.
Houston Compress Company was a cotton storage and baling firm located in Houston, Texas. The company was a subsidiary of Anderson, Clayton & Co., a Houston-based cotton merchant firm. Houston Compress Company's warehouse complex was built in 1917. Cotton purchased from Texas and Oklahoma was delivered by railroad to the plant, where it was stored and protected in fire-resistant concrete warehouses. The company's high-density compress machines were used to decrease the size of the cotton bales. The cotton bales were eventually shipped to buyers around the world via the ports of Galveston and Houston.
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Houston Compress Company Photograph Album, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
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