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Hat Corporation of America

 Organization

John Cavanagh went to work for William A. Brown Hatters of Norfolk, Virginia at the age of 17. In 1880 he went to work for Crofut and Knapp in New York and by 1907 he was vice-president and was president from 1923-1937. In 1928, Cavanagh created the company of Cavanagh-Dobbs, which included his own label of Cavanagh Hats. The Knox Hat Company was founded in 1838 by Charles Knox. His son Edward Knox, a civil war veteran, expanded the company until the Great Depression. In 1932, John Cavanagh founded the Hat Corporation of America, merging his brands with those of Knox and Dunlap. The three largest hatters in New York merged into the Hat Corporation, although Knox and Cavanagh continued to use their own labels.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Box 3

 File — translation missing: en.enumerations.container_type.container: B415.02.0003
Identifier: B415.02.0003
Abstract The box contains a bible in Hebrew and English, black velvet tallith bag with embroidered turquoise Star of David that belonged to Sam Stoole's grandfather, two of Sam's pipes, and two of the buckles from his belt buckle collection that numbered in the hundreds. The box also contains two men's hats worn by Sam Stoole, photographs and papers.
Dates: circa 1955

Cavanagh Fedora Hat, circa 1955, circa 1950

 Item
Identifier: B415.02.0003.00001
Abstract Fedora felt hat with wide grosgain band. The term fedora was named after an 1882 play starring Sarah Bernhardt. In 1928, John Cavanagh created the company of Cavanagh-Dobbs, which included his own label of Cavanagh Hats. In 1932, John Cavanagh founded the Hat Corporation of America, merging his brands with those of Knox and Dunlap. The store where the hat was sold, Neusteters, is embossed on the inside of the hat. The hat is taller than the hats made in the 1960s. Lined in satin, appears the...
Dates: circa 1955; circa 1950

Derby Felt Hat, circa 1955

 Item
Identifier: B415.02.0003.00002
Abstract Brown felt man's derby hat with a grosgain band made by Knox Hats in New York City. The Knox Hat Company was founded in 1838 by Charles Knox. His son Edward Knox, a civil war veteran, expanded the company until the Great Depression. In 1932, John Cavanagh founded the Hat Corporation of America, merging his brands with those of Knox and Dunlap. The three largest hatters in New York merged into the Hat Corporation, although Knox and Cavanagh continued to use their own labels. The short brim is...
Dates: circa 1955

Papers and Material Culture, circa 1955

 Series
Identifier: B415.02
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The collection contains a check protector (check writing machine), a Hebrew English bible, name plate, business cards, a tin construction hat and pith helmet. It also contains a Cavanagh fedora and a Knox derby hat, two smoking pipes, a tallith bag, and two belt buckles.
Dates: circa 1955

Sam Stoole and Stoole Construction Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: B415
Abstract Sam Stoole was born in Denver in 1910 and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Engineering. He worked as an engineer for the State of Colorado for seven years. In the early 1940s, he began commercial construction and founded the Sam Stoole Construction Company. Buildings built by Sam included Denver Public schools, Neusteter's Department store in downtown Denver, and several Holiday Inns. He taught wrestling to underprivileged teenagers at JCC in the 1940s. The collection...
Dates: 1945-1965