Category Archives: Canadian dress

Canadian Fashion Connection – America’s First Hunk

Charles Beach was born in Ontario, Canada (exact town unknown), in 1886. At the age of 16 he left home to go to New York to become an actor, but soon discovered he had no talent. Relying upon his tall, … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Lewis Lacey

Lewis Lacey was born in Montreal on February 17, 1887. In 1915 Lacey won the Argentine open in polo and became Argentina’s second 10-goal polo player. He then served for England during World War I before returning to Argentina to … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Berlin Felt and Rumpel Felt Companies

Born in Saxony on May 10, 1850, (Johann) George Rumpel completed his schooling at the age of fourteen and then apprenticed as a shoemaker with a three year ¬†indenture. George then followed his two older brothers example & immigrated to … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Perfect Knitting Mills

In 1914, German born Max Becker formed the Perfect Knitting Mills Ltd. (P.K. Mills Ltd.) in Listowel, Ontario. In 1927 P.K. was sold to Mercury Mills, and the official name was changed to Maitland Spinning Mills, although the P.K. brand … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Monarch Knitting Company

The Monarch Knitting Company was founded in 1903 in Dunnville, Ontario. They specialized in creating spun worsted knitting wool for hand knitters, as well as machine-knitted garments, primarily sweaters and swimwear. The company expanded rapidly, opening another plant in St. … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Hydro City Shoes

In 1889 G. V. Oberholtzer founded a shoe factory with his business partner M. Armbrust in Berlin, Ontario. After Armbrust’s death, Oberholtzer carried on alone, moving the company to new premises in 1893 to Weber and Victoria streets, to be … Continue reading

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The World’s First Booty Call

142 years ago, on August 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell received the world’s first long distance telephone call in Robert White’s Boot and Shoe store and Telegraph office. The one way phone call made 13 km away from the Dominion … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Tony Day Sweaters 1946 – 1970

In 1946, Bob and Mary Pritchard began making sweaters in a garage near their home in Kitchener, Ontario. They used a knitting machine Bob had purchased while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the War. The company was … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Savage Shoes

Founded in 1922, the Parker-Steel Shoes Ltd. company of Preston, Ontario, was bought out in 1927 by Laurence Melville Savage, his father, and a business partner. In 1936 Savage also acquired Hurlbut Shoes, and the Wragge Shoe Company of Galt, … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Marjorie Hamilton

Born 1911, Marjorie Hamilton never learned how to sew or design clothing, but in 1945 she decided that most lingerie was dull and made a pair of rayon panties with scalloped edging. When a department store placed an order for … Continue reading

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