Photos of the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company

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Jacob Kindleberger
Jacob Kindleberger

Jacob Kindleberger, seen here in the 1930's, purchased a sugar beet factory in 1909 and converted it into a paper mill. The Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company prospered and by 1925 a model village, called Parchment, had grown around the mill.

KVP 1920
KVP 1920

A photo of the front of one of the earliest mill buildings in 1920. The Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company was founded in 1919.

Machine shop, circa 1920
Machine shop, circa 1920
KVP group photo, circa 1915
KVP group photo, circa 1915

An undated group photo taken next to the KVP mill circa 1915. No one in the photo has been identified.

Mill exterior in winter, circa 1925
Mill exterior in winter, circa 1925
KVP interior shot, 1920's
KVP interior shot, 1920's

A very early shot of the interior of the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company mill in the 1920's. KVP was founded in 1919.

KVP Mill 1 interior
KVP Mill 1 interior

View of paper-making machines in Mill 1, 1920's.

KVP Mill 2 interior
KVP Mill 2 interior

Paper-making machines in Mill 2, 1920s.

Paper machine
Paper machine

KVP paper-making machine. Date unknown.