National Geographic : 1935 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE GIRLS BUSILY INSPECT STOCKINGS ON LEGLIKE FORMS Hundreds of sharp-eyed inspectors are employed in this single examining department to insure a perfect product. Here in Reading are some of the world's largest factories for producing full fashioned hosiery and the machinery for manufacturing it. This industrial city was founded by sons of William Penn. Photograph by Edwin L. Wisherd SKILLED ARE THE HANDS OF THE PRETZEL BENDER No machine has been invented which will give the pretzel its characteristic twist to the satis faction of the owners of this factory at Reading. Deft feminine fingers do the trick. The little curlicues of dough are glazed by dipping in a hot soda solution before baking. The salty flavor of the pretzel, which stimulates thirst, comes from a surface covering of salt flakes sprinkled on.