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

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  1. Powers Park Concerts
    Saturday, July 05, 2014
    Lansingburgh | Powers Park
  2. Finance Committee Meeting
    Thursday, July 24, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  3. Zoning Board Meeting
    Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    Troy City Hall | 433 River Street 5th Floor
  4. City Council Meeting
    Thursday, August 07, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  5. Planning Commission Meeting
    Thursday, August 14, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  6. Finance Committee Meeting
    Thursday, August 21, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  7. Zoning Board Meeting
    Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    Troy City Hall | 433 River Street 5th Floor
  8. City Council Meeting
    Thursday, September 04, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  9. Planning Commission Meeting
    Thursday, September 11, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  10. Finance Committee Meeting
    Thursday, September 18, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
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