Almond Factory

Shortly after arriving, Emilio, an artist living in Càlig, showed us pictures he had taken of an old almond factory that had belonged to Joaquín Anglés. We had written about the importance of the almond factories in the thirties because they had provided women jobs that were close to their homes in the village. Amador had led worker strikes here for better working conditions and pay. A few days later, Fabián and Martha entered the old almond factory,  cameras in hand, and made their way around broken boards and chipped cement steps to snap some pictures of an abandoned structure where women had sorted and cracked open almonds for shipment to distance places.  There were still burlap sacks piled up against one of the walls.  Later the building had been the scene of dances in the upper part of the town—the dance of the roses.

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