The fur trade provided pelts that were shipped to Europe to make fashionable accessories. Chief among these products were hats which were sold all over Europe. To supply a domestic market, colonial Albany supported a small enclave of hatmakers or hatters!
Hat maker John W. Wendell settled on Court Street before the Revolution and evolved his business on that site to that of "Hat Manufactory" by the time of his death in 1802.
In 1813, the city directory identified seven hatters living on Court Street.
first posted: 10/20/02