In the middle of a weekday shift in 2002, employees at Scranton Lace Company were informed by the company's vice president that the company would shutter its doors "effective immediately." The facility, which had been running for more than 100 years and was the world's leading producer of Nottingham lace, was quickly abandoned, and photos show half-finished material, looms and spools eerily left behind.
It's an eerie reminder of how a rapidly changing economy can gut entire industries. Photographer Liz Roll snapped photos in textile factories throughout the eastern U.S., from Pennsylvania to Virginia. But Scranton Lace Company makes up the bulk of the photo collection, and the story behind the company is rich and all too familiar. Click the link in our bio to see more images and to read the story. Photos by @rollfilm