1. Thank you for sharing your pictures – they are excellent. This was a very sad, yet interesting piece. Thank you again.

    • Andrew Fulda
    • February 17th, 2013

    Cheri – As a history buff I enjoyed your really neat article and photography capture of a bygone era and company. While scrolling through the pictures I was surprised to see a picture of a Zee Medical first aid cabinet. Not that they’d have one, but that I currently work for Zee Medical and used to cover the Scranton area. If you have a contact for the new owner, I’d be happy to work with them (pro bono) to get them set up. Not looking for a sale, just want to honor a great place and former customer.

    • Andrew,

      Unfortunately I don’t know how to get in touch with the current owner…Sorry. According to newspaper reports, the facility is owned & managed by a firm called “Lace Building Affiliates LP”.



    • Alleen-Marie Coke
    • February 18th, 2013

    Cheri, your sensitivity, soul, and skill as a photographer really bring to life (or death) another remnant of the American Dream.
    I was reminded of another bit of “lace” – a pattern I photographed a couple of years ago in an abandoned rail-yard in Barren County, KY (how appropriate is THAT name?). The metal side of an old railroad car had rusted through in a lace-like design, revealing daylight beyond.
    I am sickened every time I encounter these ghosts of former greatness and pride as I encounter them during my genealogical research travels – shattered icons formerly representative of our beloved country, fallen into ruin.
    Thank you for your wonderful, evocative photo-essay.
    Alleen-Marie Coke

    • Elizabeth Corpt
    • February 19th, 2013

    Cheri, You have created an incredible document and tribute to those human beings who toiled inside these walls and were wrenched from these spaces. What is becoming of us in this country? Abandoned places of work, abandoned houses, abandoned morality – as Sennett says – the corrosion of character. At least you’ve made visible the injuries of class. This is stunning work.

    • Susan Quandt, Westfield State University
    • February 19th, 2013

    Ghosts of greatness, icons of abandoned industry — a beautifully evocative photo-essay. If I am careful with attribution, may I use it with my first-year composition class as an example of thoughtful composition on many levels?

    • Susan,

      I’m honored that you would like to use it for your class……Thank you so much for the compliment! Use it any way you would like….


        • Linda Marichak
        • May 11th, 2013


        I was the Weave Department Supervisor when the plant closed.You have put together a nice piece. I regret that you didn’t have a chance to see the plant while it was still alive. The looms we were running at the end were removed quickly. The bulk of the machinery is missing from all of the online photo compilations. I regret not taking photos myself. I had the opportunity to run most of the machinery in the plant and was the only female weaver in the 100+ years of operation on the Nottingham Looms. Your efforts are a nice look back into my own history. Years earlier a sample loom was set up at McDade Park in the museum. It is a fraction of the size but it is a good representation of how things worked.

    • patrick w cowley
    • May 11th, 2013

    cheri i am so pleased to see you took so much time to photo the old scranton lace building i was once an employee of the scranton lace co. but you should’ve been there to here all this beautiful stuff running i mean really in action pounding out gorgios lace products, but not only that the process the winding of yarns the transfer of fine cotton yarn from cones to tubes to be accepted on to spool tables for these big looms i have so much more to tell i was employed back in 1982 as a yarn prep and worked my way up to lead man/loom fixer my name is pat cowley and i miss my scranton lace co.

    • patrick w cowley
    • May 11th, 2013

    if you would like to more about the laceworks let me know sincerlyPC

    • Anonymous
    • May 18th, 2013

    Great exploration

    • Mark
    • July 25th, 2013

    Through a long and winding internet road – that started on on story on the Philly Mag site – I ended at your site. Very interesting visual history and definitely a site I wish I could explore with my camera. (would be great place to shoot portraits too). I grew up in the Wilkes-Barre area, now live in NJ. Everytime I visit, I find interesting places to shoot. Well done capturing this. ~ Mark

    • Ed
    • August 7th, 2013

    I remember being in there twice. The first time i visited, the company store window wasn’t smashed but the second time, well… you know. I loved walking around in there. I loved the smell, the iron, the colors upstairs and every other nook and cranny we covered. Glad to see you did it justice, here, in your blog 🙂

  3. I was one of the lucky ones. I was able to buy some of the antiques from this place as it was closing. I got both steam engines from the boiler room and I have a leather sewing machine. I also bought an anvil table and the big 580 lb anvil form the workshop. I got some other thing like 15 Parker vises and paper cutters.

    • Jean Downey
    • November 16th, 2013

    Very nostalgic, grew up just around the corner…..sister and I road pase there just a few weeks ago when I was home visiting.

    • Anonymous
    • November 17th, 2013

    Why don’t they offer tours for a fee and raise money to help restore some special section of this amazing piece of Americas history not just our local history. ❤

    • Anonymous
    • December 7th, 2013

    Miss my husband and our old business of 22 years at Scranton Lace ,surely will miss the little girl ghost that resided in our building,hope she finds peace.

      • Michelle
      • April 1st, 2015

      I have walked through the building several times several years ago after the new owners bought it, it is a totally amazing piece of history, even though it is so run down its still totally breath taking! And for the person who mentioned the ghost of the little girl, she is still there, I actually saw her on the camera system that the owner had installed to help catch the thieves stealing wire and what not from there! Great article and pictures!

  4. my grandmother, Margret Foster worked there for many years…

    • Lisa
    • April 3rd, 2015

    I would love the opportunity to go through the buildings now. My family always had someone working there. Such a shame to let it rot away.

    • Anonymous
    • April 3rd, 2015

    I worked there when we closed in 2002. The employees there were a family and truly cared about what they were doing. It wasn’t just sewing, or packing, it was a beautiful history that was coming to an end. The owners at that time tried very hard to keep it running, but there was just no way to compete with cheap foreign imports. I had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people, You know who you are, Linda M, Robert H, Elaine S, Pat, our dear coworker/friend Walt. I had car trouble once and he took me to the daycare to pick my kids up and brought us home. He would do that for anyone without a second thought. I know I’ve forgotten people and we’ve all moved on, but i won’t forget about those years.

  5. This makes me cry,spent 22 yrs at L-wood my husband and my business in the brick building at Scranton lace it was a sad day,for us all ,icons of the past,and memories of our lives passing before our eyes.Bring back the strong America we once all grew to know
    and love.

  6. Nice article about a unique piece of Scranton history!

    • dean
    • September 6th, 2015

    me and my other half are looking threw the pictures trying to place the rooms as were not used to seeing them empty no machines, she worked there 8 yrs, I worked there 2 yrs we were in the TCA department till the day it closed

    • Sean
    • December 1st, 2015

    I would love to go inside now in 2015 and see the history that still lives in the buildings.

    • Anonymous
    • December 1st, 2015

    Worked there in 1952. A new kind of plastic was just out and made into shower curtains. Fortunate to have tablecloths made there and table runners, etc. Brother was personnel manager.
    Neighbor worked in office also.

  7. A beautiful piece. Thank you.

  8. Great pictures. I stopped by recently and while wandering around outside taking pictures and video I had a flashback. I remembered being dispatched to get a comment from someone at the plant. I worked alongside David DeCosmo in the 80’s at Channel 22. My grandfather played semi-pro basketball for Scranton Lace, unfortunately most of my family is gone now and I don’t know what years etc. would love to find a picture of him in uniform, they had to take team pictures right? 😉 His name was Meade Beebe (my grandmother’s husband). I would love to get inside and look around myself.

  9. I arranged a meeting for the complete liquidation of Scranton Lace. I had a friend in N.C. that came up to do it. The building was amazing. In the kitchen they had a freezer that was all woodfront and beautiful. They had a barber shop in there with all the old chairs. Basketball court, shuffle board game area. Steamtown took most of the machine shop for working on the trains. I also enjoyed visiting steamtown and it was nice to see the machines in there. The gentleman who did the liquidation unfortunately passed away. He had so many pictures of the place.

    • Heather
    • August 18th, 2016

    Wonderful piece, great tribute to Scranton Lace. Drive by there every week and still makes me sad. I remember as a little girl riding by on the bus and seeing all the workers out on break. My aunt, uncle and grandmother worked there. It’s a shame it wasn’t sold before it fell to such a state. Hope the new owners can maintain. Some of its beauty.

    • August 18th, 2016

    I was a model for a local photographer who took photos of me wearing lace aprons & photos of my tablecloths, I believe it was for a centennial year of 1976 for the Scranton Lace Company ! I Much later became a Customer of theirs down @ High Point, North Carolina were they displayed their goods, I have a few pictures I could send to you via email or FB?

    • Kathy
    • August 19th, 2016

    So sad to see such beautiful pieces of history gone forever….
    Thank you though for the history lesson of Scranton Lace. Wish we still had manufacturing in this country of this quality.

    • robert zawaski
    • November 23rd, 2016

    Great work Cheri!!

    • gerry clark
    • January 14th, 2017

    I worked there for a couple of years while I was in college. I had plenty of time to explore that amazing property; flabbergasting discoveries around the bend of every corridor!
    It was a gem; it is a loss.
    Gerry Clark

  10. My mother’s family lived in Dunmore for the entire existence of Scranton Lace. She lived in and maintained the family home there until her death just 2 years after the demise of the business. Her home was filled with curtains, table cloths, runners, doilies, etc., made by Scranton Lace Company. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos and narrative of a place and time that has been a part of my family for 3 generations. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    C. Bruce Cramer

    • Joan Cameron Vowler
    • April 19th, 2017

    Our father was VP in the 50s and until he died in his office Jan 18, 1978. Dad started after WWII ended. He loved working there and many Saturdays while he was working we played basketball, bowling etc. Great happy times.

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