1938 Press Photo New York John Ousta makes Silk NYC - neny11132

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Bronx Man makes bid for U.S. Silk industry starting modestly with 15,000 silkworms, housed in the Garrett of his Bronx, New York City home, John Ousta, Naturalized citizen, who describes himself a Chaldean, is determined to found a major silk industry in the United States. Although he has failed to win the endorsement of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ousta , whose ancestors for 400 years back have been silk-worm raisers, hopes to teach American Farmers to raise worms and to cultivate the Mulberry trees which feed them. Ousta says his breed of worms will thrive under the most adverse conditions. He is now perfecting the first silk-reelling machine built in the United States . With this apparatus and his improved methods of breeding the hopes to form the nucleus of an American Industry. Reeling the silk to be threaded on the bobs. Photo measures 8 x 6 inches. Photo is dated 02-16-1938.

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