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Triple decker American Optical housing Windsor Court Southbridge Massachusetts
TitleTriple decker American Optical housing Windsor Court Southbridge Massachusetts
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SubjectSouthbridge (Mass.)--History; Southbridge (Mass.)--Pictorial works; Social life and customs--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Rental housing--Massachusetts--Southbridge; American Optical Company--History; American Optical Company
DescriptionOne (of three) triple deckers or three-story rental housing on Windsor Court, off North Street in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Each rental property owned by American Optical Company was cataloged by a card documenting the detail of each rental unit within the property, with a photograph as well. The view depicts tenement number 143, 144 and 145. Each unit had five rooms, including a bath and toilet using town supplied water. Steam was used to heat the building and the was electricity in the building. All floors were constructed of hardwood. There was no garage. Rent was $6 per week, in 1920s. Wellsworth Life, the company newspaper in its May 8th, 1920 issue announced "Windsor Court" to be Name of North Street Homes - Harriet Smith of the Medical Department Contributes Prize Winning Name. The article states "Windsor Court is now the name of the Wellsworth houses at North Street so "The North Street Site" is now a thing of the past. Miss Harriet Smith, our visiting nurse, received a letter from President C.M. Wells yesterday informing her of her success in the contest and congratulating her on her choice. Windsor is a name familiar to all of us here at the plant as the Windsor spectacle is one of the most widely manufactured and perhaps the most popular spectacle frame that bears the name of Wellsworth. And the name of the "Most Beautiful Spectacle in America" is certainly a most appropriate name for our new Wellsworth homes."
CreatorPease, Aaron, H.
RelationIs part of the photographic collection of the Jacob Edwards Library, Southbridge, Massachusetts.
Coverage42 degrees 04' N72 degrees 02' W
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