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. Troy Community Land Bank Meeting
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  2. Finance Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  3. Planning Commission Meeting
    Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  4. City Council Meeting
    Thursday, March 03, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  5. Finance Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  6. Planning Commission Meeting
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  7. City Council Meeting
    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  8. Finance Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  9. City Council Meeting
    Thursday, May 05, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  10. Finance Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
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