Perry Knitting Company News 4.04
Between 1954 and 1957, the Perry Knitting Company (PK) published a monthly news page in the Perry Herald. Today, probably it would bear a label of “paid content,” although it’s unclear whether the PK was charged advertising rates for the full-page section. As the town’s largest employer, what happened at the mill had consequences and impacted thousands of Perry residents. The Perry Knitting Company News held to a fairly consistent format during its publication. There were photographs and feature stories on employees; promotional pieces on the company’s Nitey Nite line of sleepwear; updates on injuries and days lost at the mill; births, marriages, illnesses and deaths of company employees; and many, many stories about bowling. At top center of each issue was a folksy column written by company president George Traber, Jr., and then beginning late in 1956 his son George Traber 3rd. Given the relative scarcity of archival documents from the PK--not to mention the advanced age of former employees--this collection of 42 issues probably gives us the best insight as to daily life at the mill during the 1950s.
Perry Knitting Co
Digital Archives of the Perry Public Library
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