Thursday, November 15, 2007

Van Heusen - The Shirt Guy

Here's a name I never connected with Jamaica Plain. Who knew there was such big money in collars? The address puts him at the Lakeville Terrace apartment building, facing towards the Jamaicaway. I don't know how long he lived there - this will take some digging.

Boston Daily Globe July 4, 1923

Van Heusen Sued For Milliion More

Howe Claims He Perfected Fabric for Collar

Otis W. Howe of New York City has filed a $1,000,000 suit in the Suffolk Superior court against John Mannning Van Heusen, manufacturer of the semi-soft roll collar, who lives at 33 Lakeville place, Jamaica Plain, in which he declares he is entitled to 75 percent of the profits made by Van Heusen because, he claims, he perfected the fabric while Van Heusen and his associates had produced and perfected the methods of manufacture. Howe says that only by his part of the invention was the soft roll collar made a commercial success.

He states Van Heusen had worked on the soft collar idea from 1913 with one John Boston, who has sued Van Heusen previously for $300,000 for his share of the invention, and with John Lawrence Morgan and others, but the collar they produced was not a success and Van Heusen came to him.

Howe says that he pointed out the essential mistake in the manufacture of the fabric, made proper designs and perfected the methods of manufacture.

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