negatives in the Hopedale history collection at the Bancroft Library. The first six are
in envelopes with notes saying, "Aerial view of Draper Corporation Plant taken by
Eastern Aerial Surveys, Inc on 6/23/47." The undated ones (second and third from
bottom) are in envelopes with notes saying, "This negative purchased from
McLaughlin Air Service by Draper Corporation on 11/30/51." The note on the
envelope for the one at the bottom says, "Copied on 1/18/55. As photographed in
1951 by Fairchild Air Serveys, Inc."
on it, but it's from the Rockwell era. One of the captions seems to indicate that
foundry work wasn't being done in Hopedale at that the time it was published. That
would make it after 1975, but it probably was no later than 1977.
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I don't have the year for this one. The Hope Street bridge was taken down in 1979
so it was before that. Probably well before that, considering the Draper activity -
cars in the parking lot and smoke over the shop. We can back up a bit more since
the West Foundry isn't there. That was under construction in 1964. The road from
the parking lot that goes down by the river looks a bit different. It was eventually
rerouted to go straight out to 16 and at that time was named Fitzgerald Drive.That
occurred in 1965. John Workman wrote to say that he remembers that road,
having walked it while doing his paper route from 1959 to the spring of 1961.