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Paper manufacturing industry. They are sorting and shredding piles of fibrous materials that will be used to make paper. Paper is made by drying a wet mixture of cellulose plant fibres. Although wood is most commonly used as a source of the paper pulp, other plant materials, such as cotton, hemp and flax, may be used instead. Paper was relatively expensive until the advent of steam-driven paper-making processes in the 19th century. Artwork taken from Grands Hommes et Grands Faits de l'Industrie (Great Men and Great Facts of Industry), France, circa 1880.
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