Workers at George Spill & Company, Stepney Green, London, 1855-1864.
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Engraving in a gilt-edged roundel, showing factory workers and steam-powered machinery at Spill's textile waterproofing works. Established in 1844, George Spill & Co were manufacturers of India rubber and oiled waterproof clothing, including groundsheets for soldiers. Rubber was spread onto cloth to make the fabric waterproof.