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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

All in a Day's Work:
Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry from
Archives & Special Collections of the
University of Connecticut Libraries


Exhibit schedule


American Brass Company

Cheney Brother Silk Manufacturing Company

Farrel Company

New Britain Machine Company

New Haven Railroad

Thermos Company

Wauregan-Quinebaug Company



Thermos Company, Norwich

The American Thermos Bottle Company, manufacturer of vacuum-insulated bottles and lunch kits, built a plant in Norwich in 1912 and another plant in the Taftville section of Norwich in 1946. By the 1960s Thermos was Norwich's largest employer, with 1200 workers in the two plants. After Household International Inc. bought the company in 1969 they gradual moved production to the southern United States and abroad, and both plants were closed by the mid-1980s.

The photographs, taken in the 1950s and 1960s, show that women worked the lines assembling the lunch kits and bottles that soon found their way into virtually every household in the country.

For more information about the Thermos Company Records, see the finding aid to the materials.


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