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The forklift was the modern day replacement for the dray horse. Even into the late 1950's, bark was stored and dried across River Street from the main Salz Tannery complex and transported across River Street/Highway 9 as needed.

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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Bark storage was crucial to the smooth operation of Salz Tannery. You needed to cut and store enough bark to last for a year. There was no protection from fire at the River Street sheds.

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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Tanoak bark was stacked for drying. Originally harvested locally, tanoak provided the chief ingredient in tanning California Saddle Leather (TM), a Salz specialty. As local supplies dwindled, Salz purchased it from suppliers throughout California.…

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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Vegetable leather, drying slowing in the tack rooms high above the tanyards at the A.K. Salz Company.

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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A Salz tannery employee glazing California Saddle Leather (TM). After tanning and processing, each side was glazed twice, to create a mirror-like surface.

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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An employee at Salz tannery, working the splitting machine. Split leather was used for making wallets, purses, briefcases and shoes.

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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A stack of sides on a "horse." Horses were used at Salz to move sides of leather into measuring until the company closed in 2001.

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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The front of the historic Salz Leathers building remained unchanged for over 140 years. The lettering was more recent. It read in full, "A.K. Salz Company" and featured the company logo for "Salz California Saddle Leather." An unnamed employee stood…

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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This photograph was taken in 1954 when hides were still hand-scudded. After hair and flesh were removed chemically and mechanically, scudding removed fine hair roots to produce leather of even grain and depth. [Artistically, it is interesting to…

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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Ansel Adams photographed this Salz Tannery employee working on the glazing process that made the California Saddle Leather TM unique.

Date: 1954
Type: PHOTO

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