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.
CU stills Tom Mix, John Wayne, Churchill, Roosevelt wearing Stetson products
MV & CU streets (men with no hats)
MV & GV Hat factory showing thousands of hats on work benches (2 shots)
MV & CU hat being shaped and steam pressed (2 shots)
CU hats being turned on machine (2 shots)
MV women lining hats
MV & CU woman making hat (5 shots) SOF STARTS:
CV TILT down EXT Stetson Hat Factory
SCU guard closing gate
GV Ext. other Stetson Hat factory buildings (2 shots).
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."
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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: