A.J. Tucker and Company, Manufacturers of Upper Leather, Roulette, Potter County, Pa. circa 1880.
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Tucker, A.J. and Co. (view of tannery)

Credit:  Michael A. Leeson, History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter. Chicago: J.H. Beers and Company, 1890. Accessible Archives

In the 1890s, over a third of Pennsylvania's tanneries closed as tanning operations consolidated across Pennsylvania. Soon, it was not uncommon for large companies to invest more than $1 million to establish large operations, some accompanied by a company town.

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