Take a walk with Bill Hagenbuch and photographer Timothy Hearsum through the Hooven & Allison ropemaking factory. On one day in 1973, we can see various kinds of rope production - manila, sisal, jute, oakum, and polypropylene.
Through his photography, Timothy Hearsum preserved the look and feel of the H&A ropemaking factory. We see workers operating modern plastics machinery to create fibers that were spun on the same turn-of-the-century ropemaking machinery as the natural fibers.
These color photographs by Timothy Hearsum, from Bill Hagenbuch’s collection, are now archived at the Greene County Library in Xenia, Ohio.
Photos courtesy of Timothy Hearsum and Bill Hagenbuch.
Timothy Hearsum's black and white prints from Hooven & Allison ropemaking factory provide a detailed and artistic view of the workers, the fibers, and the ropemanufacturing process in 1973.
These black & white prints by Timothy Hearsum are archived at the Greene County Library in Xenia, Ohio.
Photos courtesy of Timothy Hearsum and Greene County Library.
This collection includes Bill Hagenbuch’s color slides of the H&A through the years, as well abaca (manila) growing in Honduras in 1946, and sisal plantations in Tanzania in 1965.
Photos courtesy of Bill Hagenbuch
Photographs of the Hooven & Allison factory in 2011, six years after the fire that destroyed the complex.