The conjured millinery ghosts

The Great Venture Millinery Fire was an industrial disaster that occurred in 1907 at the Col. Lloyd Venture Millinery & Automata Co. Building in New York City.

As told by Sergeant Hatred, "the deadly blaze began in the attic when a dumpster full of felt straps was struck by a zeppelin."

In the modern day, the ghosts of the millinery fire were briefly brought back from the pale when Dr. Orpheus conducted a seance to discern the cause of an entirely unrelated haunting in the VenTech Tower. As the ghosts were flying around, they screamed, "you locked all the doors", casting blame toward Colonel Lloyd Venture for their death.

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Cultural References

  • The Great Venture Millinery Fire of 1907 is based on the real life Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York City. 146 garment workers died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. They were unable to escape because the factory owners had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits – a then-common practice to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to reduce theft.


  • When Sergeant Hatred mentions The Great Venture Millinery Fire of 1907, referencing his memorized speech as the tour guide for the museum in the lobby of the VenTech Tower, he pronounces 1907 as "nineteen-aught-seven".
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