Powerloom with Shuttles. Museum of Work and Culture. Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Photograph by George P. Landow, October 2004. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

Power looms moved the shuttles containing the thread back and forth with great force, thus making them quite dangerous. Someone at the museum --either the guide or a visitor whose relatives worked in a weaving mill -- reported that when shuttles flew out of the loom, they sometimes shot across the room and buried themselves in a brick wall. [GPL]

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