• Short Summary

    The Stetson Hat Company, whose name became world-famous on the ten-gallon hats worn by generations of film cowboys (and quite a few of their real-life counterparts), is to close down its main factory in Philadelphia.

  • Description

    1.
    CU stills Tom Mix, John Wayne, Churchill, Roosevelt wearing Stetson products
    0.13

    2.
    MV & CU streets (men with no hats)
    0.19

    3.
    MV & GV Hat factory showing thousands of hats on work benches (2 shots)
    0.35

    4.
    MV & CU hat being shaped and steam pressed (2 shots)
    0.43

    5.
    CU hats being turned on machine (2 shots)
    0.53

    6.
    MV women lining hats
    0.58

    7.
    MV & CU woman making hat (5 shots) SOF STARTS:
    1.20

    8.
    CV TILT down EXT Stetson Hat Factory
    1.26

    9.
    SCU guard closing gate
    1.31

    10.
    GV Ext. other Stetson Hat factory buildings (2 shots).
    1.38


    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 7: EMPLOYEE: "I've been working here for over 35 years. At the beginning I thought there would always be a Stetson, and I feel real had about it. I'll have to look around, see what I could do. There's not too many hat factories."




    Initials GL/AH/PS/1650 GL/AH/PS/1725



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Stetson Hat Company, whose name became world-famous on the ten-gallon hats worn by generations of film cowboys (and quite a few of their real-life counterparts), is to close down its main factory in Philadelphia. The move follows a desist our drop in the number of Americans who wear hats.

    Stetson hate have been worn by many world-figures during the company's hundred-year history. At the peak before World War Two the main plant at Philadelphia was employing a huge workforce to produce 60,000 hats a day.

    But after the war, a more casual style came in and many men took to going bare-headed. In the sixties long-hair dealt the hatters another blow. They fought back with new styles and fabrics, but the decline continued.

    Two years ago workers at Stetson's agreed to forego a pay rise in an attempt to delay the closure. Now they must seek other work. As one woman employee commented with obvious regret:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD5EOEUMI7TWCUYXECVBZKNFV8
    Media URN:
    VLVAD5EOEUMI7TWCUYXECVBZKNFV8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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