Tour of American Hats LLC

AmericanHats

While there were many hat manufactories in Philadelphia in the 19th and 20th centuries, one of the lone survivors into the 21st century was the S & S Hat Company. At the time it was founded in 1923, it was housed in a factory on Filbert Street between 10th and 11th Streets. It supplied department stores and small boutiques, and had a well-regarded reputation. Cheaper competition from overseas and other problems led to its decline, and it was slated to be sold in 2015. The Reverend Georgiette Morgan-Thomas, a pastor who was a director at a social services non-profit in Harlem, had no experience in manufacturing hats, but she wore them and loved them. She purchased the S & S Hat Company and incorporated it as American Hats LLC in January 2016.

About twelve people now work for the factory, and the entire process can be viewed by visitors- from selection of fabric and materials to sewing, blocking, trimming, and finishing, all done by hand by the artisans, many of them retained from the S & S days.

 Links: American Hats website: https://americanhatsllc.com/  Article in the Philadelphia Inquirer:  https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business/american-hats-fashion-district-philadelphia-20190609.html

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 2251 Fraley St. in Wissinoming, right beside I-95, at intersection of Fraley & James Streets.
Registration: E-mail names of members and guests to Helen Schenck at: hschenck@princeton.edu
DEADLINE: March 18th
Questions: Call Helen Schenck at 609-386-4180
Transportation: By auto: Use GPS for directions. Park in factory lot or on street. Regional Rail: SEPTA Trenton line to Bridesburg station. From station walk east ½ mile on James Street to factory.
#84 Bus from Frankford Transportation Center to the corner of Tacony & Fraley Sts. which is the other side of I-95 from the factory.

Registration for Chapter 35th Annual Dinner

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Geography, Geology and Genius: How Coal & Canals Ignited the American Industrial Revolution, an illustrated presentation on her new book by author Martha Capwell Fox, Archives & Museum Coordinator, National Canal Museum, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton, PA
Martha Capwell Fox is in charge of maintaining the Museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, books, films and videos, and historic documents which preserve the history of anthracite mining and the canals which carried the coal to market as well as the industries which sprang up as a result. This presentation is based upon the book of the same name written by Ms. Capwell Fox and recently released. Geography, Geology and Genius focuses on how the unique blend of natural features and mineral assets were used by several extraordinary men to create new forms of industrial activity, dependent on anthracite coal.  Books will be available at the program or online at https://canals.org/product/geography-geology-and-genius/

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 25, 2020
6 PM – cash bar  7 PM – dinner 8 PM – presentation
PLACE: Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant, 4120 Main St., Philadelphia 19127
(between Shurs Lane and Lock St.; enter on Lock St.)
We are in the Jazz Room on the first floor

MENU: Field Green Salad, Choice of Entree, Vegetable, Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes, Hot Apple Cobbler, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks
ENTREE SELECTION:
1) Chicken Marsala – Sautéed chicken breast in marsala demi-glace
2) Harry’s Grilled Salmon, topped with Bing cherry demi glaze
3) Mediterranean Pasta – Fresh tomatoes, red onions, spinach, fresh herbs and wild mushrooms tossed with penne pasta and hearty tomato sauce
4) Flat iron steak – marinated & grilled to medium temperature

COST: $40.00 per person, DEADLINE: JAN. 18th
Send check with entree selection by January 18th payable to OE/SIA
MAIL TO: Helen Schenck, Treasurer, 169 West Federal St., Burlington, NJ 08016
include your name, the names of your guests, your phone number and your email address with your check
TRANSPORTATION:
AUTOMOBILE: Public parking behind restaurant in public lot across the Canal. Easy access to restaurant by rear deck next to Canal locks
TRAIN: SEPTA #R6 to Manayunk then 5 block walk
BUS: SEPTA #61 from the Wissahickon Transfer Station to Main Street

QUESTIONS: info@siaoliverevans.org

30th Annual Wright Stuff Film Fest

Lukens Steel

Lukens Steel Co., Coatesville, Pa. Card postmarked August 1947.

 

OLIVER EVANS CHAPTER
presents
30th Annual Wright Stuff Film Fest
presented by
Martha Capwell Fox, Archives & Museum Coordinator, National Canal Museum, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton, PA 

Martha Capwell Fox is in charge of maintaining the Museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, books, films and videos, and historic documents which preserve the history of anthracite mining and the canals which carried the coal to market as well as the industries which sprang up as a result. She creats and installs exhibits for the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery. In addition, Martha works as a docent and interpreter in the Museum, the Locktender’s House and aboard the Josiah White II, the only mule-drawn canal boat ride in Pennsylvania and does many presentations for historical societies and education programs.

This presentation will include a 1950 Lukens Steel view of The World’s Largest Plate Mill, a showing of Rolling on Rail from Steelton, a short Bethlehem Steel showing, a 1995 viewing from US Steel’s Fairless Mill, a National History Day finalist Jigs Do the Work Much Better about the impact of mechanization on the anthracite breaker boys and a very short showing on the Wanamie Mine steam engine.

Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Time: 5:30 Refreshments 6:15 Program
Cost: $10 per person if pre-registered     $15 for walk-ins
Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. You should be able to park on the Circle, close to the FWWIC.
Reservations: Contact Helen Schenck, Treasurer at:
 hschenck@princeton.edu or 856-313-8301

American Keg Company Tour

AmKeg

Monday, November 4, 2019

American Keg Company is a stainless steel keg manufacturer located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA.  Our American craftsmen manufacture the highest quality 1/2 bbl (15.5 US gallons or 165 12-oz. pours) and 1/6 bbl kegs (5.16 U.S. gallons or 55 12-oz. pours), with pride, for the American Craft Brewer, Cider Maker, and Vintner from domestically sourced 304 stainless steel.

American Keg has been crafting 1/2 bbl and 1/6 bbl kegs since early 2015 when the company operated under the Geemacher name and will continue to be the ONLY steel beer keg manufacturer in the United States of America. Our ultimate goal is to be THE sole source for stainless steel beer kegs in the USA with the finest customer service and the highest quality keg available in the world.

American Keg Company
31 Robinson Street, Pottstown, PA
www.americankeg.com

Arrive no later than 11:15 a.m., the tour begins PROMPTLY at 11:30 a.m.  We can not wait for latecomers because the factory is on a schedule which we must adhere to.

Cost: $20.00/person

The tour is restricted to 7 participants.  To make a reservation please email oliverevanssia@outlook.com.  To secure your space on the tour once your reservation is confirmed, send a check payable to OESIA for $20.00 to Reese Davis, Treasurer, 19 East Washington Street, West Chester, PA 19380.   DO NOT SEND A CHECK TO REESE UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION THAT YOU HAVE A SPACE ON THE TOUR

While on the tour these rules must be observed:
Park in the main parking lot at 31 Robinson Street, Pottstown, PA
No sandals or open shoes.
Bring safety glasses if you have them, American Keg will provide if not.
Bags and pocketbooks should remain in the cars.
Photos are allowed

 Following the tour your are invited to have lunch with the group in the tasting room at The Sly Fox Brewing Company, (331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464, https://www.slyfoxbeer.com/pottstown) where we can watch beer being made.  Each person will pay for their own lunch.

The Art Deco Interiors of the 1928 Swedish-America Liner MS Kungsholm

MS_Kungsholm

Swedish American Line’s KUNGSHOLM sailing from New York, assisted by Moran tugs, Braun Brothers Collection, SSHSA Archives.

presented by Maritime Historian CHRISTIAN RODEN

An event hosted by
Society for Industrial Archeology – Oliver Evans Chapter
together with
Delaware Valley Chapter of Steamship Historical Society of America
and
Independence Seaport Museum

 Christian Roden was a Fulbright scholar who spent a year doing research at the French Line archives in LeHavre, France focusing on the Art Deco interiors of the 1927 liner, Ile De France. He is currently on the library staff of the University of Pennsylvania and has presented programs for the Port of New York Chapter of the World Ship Society.

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 2 PM Program followed by a Reception
Cost: Donations requested
Place: Independence Seaport Museum
211 South Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Parking: Next to Museum at Walnut St. & Columbus Blvd.
Registration & Information: Steve Loveless at 215-495-8889 or slldvcsshsa@gmail.com

Deadline: October 14

 

 

OLIVER EVANS PROGRAM, ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC

Monday, June 24, 2019

steam-4014_mr

Adventures in Steam Locomotion

A school teacher by day, in his free time Tom Gears is a steam locomotive engineer at Wilmington & Western RR in Delaware and has been working with steam-powered equipment since 1981. For the last 15 years he’s been all over the world chasing down the last real working revenue producing steam locomotives. He’ll be talking about finding and documenting these locomotives in China, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Paraguay and Poland with photos and video clips. In May, Tom was in Wyoming to see the first run of the restored Union Pacific Big Boy locomotive, one of the largest steam locomotives ever built, as part of the Transcontinental RR 150th anniversary. He will wrap up the program with the Big Boy as the grand finale.

Time: 6PM Picnic         6:45PM Annual Meeting    7PM Program

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Dr.
You can park on the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Cost: $20 per person by Advanced Reservation only

Note: Food is only ordered for reservations. Mail your name and number in party with check payable to OE/SIA, no later than June 19 to: Helen Schenck, 169 West Federal St., Burlington, NJ 08016. If you wish to pay at the door, e-mail your intention to attend to:  hschenck@princeton.edu

Questions: E-mail to info@siaoliverevans.org

Tour of Independent Record Pressing Co.

03-independent-record-pressing-2016-billboard-1240

DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2019

TIME: Optional Lunch – Noon       Tour – 1:30PM

LOCATION: Optional Lunch – Mastoris diner, 144 Rt. 130, Bordentown, NJ
                        Tour: IRP Co. – 300 Bordentown-Hedding Rd., Bordentown, NJ 

The Independent Record Pressing Co. presses 12-inch vinyl records in a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse just off Rt. 130. The company was co-founded in 2015 by David Hansen and Darius Van Arman, owners of independent-label record companies, in response to the need created by the unexpected 21st century renaissance of vinyl records.

IRP started with six Tracey-Val/Hamilton automatic presses that dated to the 1970’s. They came from one of the longest running presses on the East Coast; Hub-Servall Record Mfg. Corp., which had operated in Cranbury, NJ but closed its doors in 2004 and sold its 14 presses to RIP-V Pressing Plant in Quebec, Canada. When RIP-V closed in turn in 2015, Hansen and Van Arman bought the presses and Dave Miller, son of the original founder of Hub-Servall, brought them back into operation at IRP. He is the plant manager of IRP while Sean Rutkowski is the general manager.

The company still operates two of the old machines, along with six new electric presses. Vinyl pellets sourced from Thailand are poured into a press’s extruder, melted with steam, and formed into a lump about the size of a hockey puck. Labels are put on top and bottom and the whole is pressed between metal stampers. The excess vinyl is trimmed off and the discs are water cooled. After being checked they are sleeved and jacketed and packaged for shipping.

REGISTRATION or QUESTIONS: E-mail or call Helen Schenck at hschenck@princeton.edu or 609-386-4180

DEADLINE: May 21st

You Are Invited…

Manayunk Canal

Society for Industrial Archeology
OLIVER EVANS CHAPTER
are invited as guests of the
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Reception, Exhibition and Film

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM

Join us for a reception for the current Bicentennial exhibition about the Manayunk and Fairmount Canals, curated by Sandy Sorlien of the FWWIC.

Enjoy refreshments while we also premiere the new short film Shadow River at 5:30PM by Manayunk’s Addison Geary.

Along with historic maps and contemporary photographs, the film will feature interviews with archaeologist Kristin Swanton, preservation consultant Stuart Wells and canal historian and tour guide Glenn Wenrich. The filmmaker and featured experts will join us for Q&A after the film.

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center,  640 Water Works Drive

Registration: Space is limited. RSVP to sandysorlien@comcast.net

 

Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

UndergroundBook

Monday, April 8, 2019

speakers and authors
Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Harry Kyriakodis is a librarian, historian and writer about Philadelphia and has collected a library of more than 2,800 books about the City of Brotherly Love. He is a founding member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city.

Joel Spivak is an architect, artist, author and community activist in Philadelphia where he helped lead the renaissance of South Street in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He is the author of 3 books on Philadelphia railroads and public transit. Both Harry and Joel are long-time members of OE/SIA.

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 5:30 Refreshments               6:15 Program
Cost: $10 per person if preregistered        $15 if not reserved
Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Water Works Drive
You can park in the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Registration: E-mail names of members and guests to
reesepdavis@gmail.com or phone Reese at 610-692-4456