A cooperage was a workshop making wooden barrels, an essential enterprise in the days before plastic or metal containers were widely available to store and transport liquids. C. Gaustad's steam cooperage, shown here around 1890, stood next to T. Hall's coachbuilding, wheelwright and undertaker's workshop – three related trades requiring expert woodworking skills.
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