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Amalgamated Leather Companies, Inc. photographs and label

1900-1948
 Collection
Identifier: 1986-230

Abstract

Amalgamated Leather Companies, Inc. manufactured black and colored glazed kid and other classes of leather used largely in making shoes in the early to mid-twentieth century. This collection consists of four photographs of employees at various events, and one factory exterior. There is also a color label.

Dates

  • 1900-1948

Creator

Extent

6 item(s)

General Phsyical Description

4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 9 x 43 in. 1 item : color label ; 10.5 x 15.75 in.

Historical Note

In 1890 the F. Blumenthal firm was established in Wilmington and incorporated in 1909. Earlier the company did business as the F.J. Blatz & Brother Co. at Elizabeth, New Jersey, where they made kid leather. In 1919 the firm was reincorporated at Wilmington as the Amalgamated Leather Companies, Inc., having taken over the business of F. Blumenthal & Co. in the manufacture of black and colored glazed kid and other classes of leather used largely in making shoes. Manufacturing ceased in 1966, and Amalgamated Leather Companies, Inc., was dissolved in 1967.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of four photographs of employees at various events, and one factory exterior. There are two group snapshots of employees and, possibly, identified retirees at a Christmas party. There is an unidentified photo of a worker receiving a prize at probably a World War II bond rally. There is a large group photograph of members of the International Fur & Leather Workers Union at their 17th biennial convention on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, 1948. A few of the individuals are identified. The last photograph shows an undated view of the abandoned F. J. Blatz & Brother Co. building in Elizabeth, New Jersey. There is a color label which prominently features an artist's image of the F. Blumenthal & Co. factory buildings in Wilmington, Delaware, drawn from west. The factory bordered Lancaster Avenue to the north; Adams St. to the west; Chestnut St. to the south; Monroe St. to the east.

Location

N1-2; DF Box 11.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Archival Materials

Amalgamated Leather Companies, Inc. (accession 979) Manuscript and Archives department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Amalgamated Leather Companies, Inc. photographs and label
Status:
Online
Date:
2014
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400