Sunday, December 25, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Strouse, Adler Co.

     Marty here. Since we’re now living in a Civil War (U.S. that is) era mill building, it got me thinking about what’s become of some old lingerie manufacturing facilities. I found this entry from a New Haven, CT blogger (thank-you Suzanne!) regarding The Strouse Adler Co. They started out making corsets in the 1860’s and eventually came out with their Smoothie line of girdles and body briefers. We have had and continue to have a number of their items on our Little Pink Dress site. It’s sad to see companies survive for so long, then go under as this company did in 1999. At the same time, it’s great to see a company such as Grenier weather the storms of time. They’ve been in business since 1860. It’s also good to see these old buildings such as Strouse re-used rather than torn down. It’s amazing how solid and well-built these old mill buildings are. Here in New England there are a lot of old mill buildings being converted to condominiums, apartments, artist’s lofts, and live/work space.
    If anyone out there knows of other old facilities out there, let us know please!
Photo from "Wooster Square Daily Photo"
Wooster Square Daily Photo