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Reading, Pennsylvania, 1881, compiled from sketches by J. Hanold Kendall.
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Topographic view of the city of Reading, Pa. 1881. Compiled from sketches by J. Hanold Kendall.

Credit: Library of Congress

Founded in the 1740s, Reading soon became an important center of North American iron production. A railroad center in the 1800s, the city developed a thriving lingerie and hosiery industry in the early 1900s, and billed itself ”The Nation’s Full-Fashioned Hosiery Center.”

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