The Significant Other

This week I was perusing the NYPL digital archives and came across these beautifully done mens catalogs from the 1920’s – 1940’s, published by Detmer Woolens. Not knowing a thing about the company, I did some digging and found that the history of Detmer Woolens is a pretty tragic tale, which is perhaps why so little about the company is still known. Detmer Woolens was an NYC textile business founded in 1985 by Ohio native Julian Francis Detmer. Through it’s history, the company met with a series of misfortunes including an unfortunate involvement in the notorious fire that destroyed NYC’s Parker Building, and being accused of what was essentially marketing fraud. Despite all this, the company and family saw a good deal of success, until the founder died in 1958. In his memory, Detmer left only a plot of gardens, Detmer Nurseries, near his home in Tarrytown, New York…

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