National Geographic : 1970 Aug
SOCIETY Winthrop M. Crane III, great-great-grand son of Zenas Crane, who founded the com pany in 1801, told me, "Our family has an old connection with papers for currency. The Cranes, who then had a mill near Boston, sold 'money paper' to Paul Revere for some of the early Massachusetts currency." In 1879 the Cranes began making the dis tinctive security paper that has been the bane of counterfeiters ever since. Their papers are also used in stock certificates and bonds, in traveler's checks, in the currencies of several foreign governments, and for numerous sta tionery and industrial purposes. Papermaking was long a mainstay of Berk shire economy, and the Cranes have had plen ty of competition from the Westons, in Dalton, and the Eatons of Pittsfield. Early rivalries among them have given way to amicable relations, Mr. Crane told me with a twinkle. "I have an Eaton mother, a Crane father, and a Weston wife." Three miles from the Crane mills, on the eastern edge of Pittsfield, the Berkshires' big gest city, stands a great industrial complex of the General Electric Company. "The shop," G.E. is called by its 11,000 employees, who make some of the most amazing products of modern technology. These include the "star scope" and the "people sniffer"-devices which gather starlight so that American fight ing men in Viet Nam can see the enemy at night, or detect his presence through his human odor though he lurks in the thickest jungle growth.* At the famed High Voltage Laboratory (page 206), a man sitting at a Space Age con sole twirled some dials. Through a large *See "Remote Sensing: New Eyes to See the World," by Kenneth F. Weaver, GEOGRAPHIC, January 1969.