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. Troy Night Out Scavenger Hunt
    Friday, September 26, 2014
    Troy Night Out
  2. City's Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Alamo | East Industrial Park Road (South Troy)
  3. RCHS History Walk
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Downtown Troy | Troy Waterfront Farmers Market
  4. 2015 Budget Meetings Preliminary
    Thursday, October 02, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street
  5. City Council Meeting
    Thursday, October 02, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  6. Zoning Board Meeting
    Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    Troy City Hall | 433 River Street 5th Floor
  7. Planning Commission Meeting
    Thursday, October 09, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street, Suite 5
  8. 2015 Budget Meetings Finance & HR
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street
  9. 2015 Budget Meetings Planning & Public Safety
    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street
  10. 2015 Budget Meetings Parks & DPU & Law
    Monday, October 20, 2014
    City Hall | 433 River Street
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