I recently decided to Google St. Louis screen printers and embroiderers to see if any offered chainstitching. To my surprise, I could not find even one. Chainstitching, the old art of creating unique designs on garments, has virtually disappeared. We still offer this high-end, custom embroidery service. The majority of the machines were manufactured in the 1940's, and by the 1970's, those manufacturers ceased production. Not only do we still use those amazing machines, but we have two skilled artisans that can create this one-of-a-kind work, right here.
One of the most memorable days in our company’s 38-year history happened when an order came through our website and the shipping address was 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington DC. 20500. The year was 2002, and our business was slowly changing from a wholesale mail order catalog business to an internet business. Words like “e-commerce” had not been termed yet, and the Internet was not a place that everyone had access to yet. There were less then 3 million websites worldwide, it took 12.5 minutes to download a song on average, and page load times averaged 16 seconds. Almost all sites were text-driven, and there were only a few pages that displayed pictures.
As spring approaches, I can not help but get excited that it is almost time to go bowl the Greater Ozark Tournament. While I do not do a lot of bowling any longer, I can not help but to enjoy this particular event. No longer for the chance of winning one of the events or for the bracket opportunities that exist, but rather that I get to see some of my closest friends once a year.
The 1950’s was definitely an exciting time in American culture, so I’m told. With World War II ending, the baby boom taking place, an economic boom of epic proportion, and fashion changes like never before, it was definitely America’s time.