Cornflour factory

#Picture Number ST237

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Victorian illustration to download showing men working in a cornflour factory, refining the cornflour. The maize grains have been soaked and ground while wet. The semi-liquid mass descends slowly down inclined planes (at the back and sides of the room), so that the flour sinks to the bottom; the liquid, which contains husk, fibre and gluten, runs through pipes to cisterns below – this will be dried and sold as gluten. The cornflour itself is transferred to the large wooden vats, where it is washed in fresh water. Then it will be dried and packaged. This scene was sketched in Brown & Polson’s factory in 1860.