Workers blocking felt hats at the Stetson Hat Company, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1910.
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Workers finishing  hats in the Sterson factory.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

In the early 1900s, Stetson employed more than 4,000 men and 1,000 women. Intensely paternalistic, John B. Stetson provided his workers a range of services, including a company hospital and savings and loan association, Americanization classes, and a sports teams that competed against other companies in Philadelphia's industrial leagues.

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