1902 photograph of the Salasee Works Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida owned by C.R. Weeks.
In 1900, Architects’ and Builders Magazine notes that Charles R. Weeks and Brothers of 542 West 14th Street New York were manufacturing a “plastering fibre” called Salasee: “This material, it is claimed, is not affected by hot lime, and is cleaner, stronger and cheaper than hair.”
The present 1902 photograph, annotated on its verso, documents that Weeks either moved his operation to Fernandina Beach, Florida or added a second location.
The image reveals a large two-story frame and stone building that comprised the “Salasee Works.” A horse tethered to a (unseen) carriage is at the far left. An African-American man poses nexts to a large open doorway. To the right, various tools and implements lean up against one of the building’s walls.
Description: 1902 photograph of the Salasee Works Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida owned by C.R. Weeks.
[Florida. N.p.,]. 1902. Albumen photograph, 4½ x 6¾ inches, on plain original mount. Slight toning, a bit lightened; very good.