THE COLLAR CITY

In addition to the strong presence of the early American steel industry, Troy was also a manufacturing center for shirts, shirtwaists, collars and cuffs. In 1825, a local resident Hannah Montague, was tired of cleaning her blacksmith husband's shirts. She cut off the collars of her husband's shirts, since only the collar was soiled, bound the edges and attached strings to hold them in place. (This also allowed the collars and cuffs to be starched separately.) Montague's idea caught on, and changed the fashion for American men's dress for a century. Her patented collars and cuffs were first manufactured by Maullin & Blanchard, which eventually was absorbed by Cluett, Peabody & Company. Cluett's "Arrow shirts" are still worn by men across the country. The large labor force required by the shirt manufacturing industry also, in 1864, produced the nation's first female Labor Union, the Collar Laundry Union, founded in Troy by Kate Mullany.

Community Calendar

  1. City Council Meeting
    Thursday, September 03, 2015
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  2. Historic Review Committee
    Tuesday, September 08, 2015
    Troy City Hall | 433 River Street, 5th Floor
  3. Finance Committee Meeting
    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  4. Planning Commission Meeting
    Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  5. City Council Meeting
    Thursday, October 01, 2015
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  6. Zoning Board Meeting
    Tuesday, October 06, 2015
    Troy City Hall | 433 River Street 5th Floor
  7. Historic Review Committee
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    Troy City Hall | 433 River Street, 5th Floor
  8. Finance Committee Meeting
    Thursday, October 22, 2015
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  9. Planning Commission Meeting
    Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  10. Zoning Board Meeting
    Wednesday, November 04, 2015
    Troy City Hall | 433 River Street 5th Floor
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