There is an army of at least 500 shoemakers in Marlboro', Middlesex Co., Mass., who ma nufacture 6000 pairs of children's shoes every working day. One journeyman has worked on the bench for thirty years, without losing a day in consequence of sickness, and during, that time has saved ten thousand dollars. One firm, during the last year, has manufactured 217,000 pairs of shoes. Another of the firms do an immense business, employing one hun dred men in that State, and one hundred and fifty in their shoe village in New Hampshire. Last year they made two hundred thousand nine hundred and sixty-three pairs of shoes in Massachusetts, and at least as many more in New Hampshire.
This article was originally published with the title "Shoemaking in Massachusetts" in Scientific American 8, 22, 174 (February 1853)