Pratt Gin Factory Machinery

This 1898 image shows machinery inside the Pratt Gin Company's operations. On the left is a steam-powered cotton press, with two receptables on a rotating platform (circle underneath them). Cotton lint is fed into the troughs and then pressed into bales and wrapped in burlap, ready for shipping. On the right are two large belt-driven saw gins. This type of gin has two cylinders: one that separates the cotton lint from the seeds, and one that pulls the lint off the teeth of the saw, when it is then fed into the cotton press.

Courtesy of the Continental Eagle Archives