These photos are from a collection of Draper Corporation photography department
    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."

    The color photo below was in a brochure loaned by Ken Crowther. There isn't a date
    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.