Sunday, June 20, 2010

In the Beginning...

I've finally joined the 2000s (or is it only the 1990s?) with this blog. Why did I even bother to do this, since I don't Twitter, I don't Facebook, and I don't even text from my cellphone?

One of my main research interests is the Crofut & Knapp Company, a hat manufacturer founded in 1858 that went on to become the second largest hat manufacturing concern in the country, and were finally number one after the Stetson plant closed in Philadelphia.

Many remarkable men were involved in the operation of the company, from James H. Knapp and Andrew J. Crofut, founders, to Robert A. Holmes, Philip N. Knapp, and John J. Cavanagh, who brought the company into the twentieth century, to the Salesky Bros., who managed to keep the company going until the final crash of the men's hat market by the 1970s. On top of that, you have all of the thousands of men and women who worked for the company producing hats, without whom we would not have such a wonderful legacy of hats in this country.

The purpose of this blog is to keep alive their memories, to spotlight their handiwork from time to time, and to educate anyone interested in learning more about the people and hats from this bygone era.


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