HIRSCH HATTER, Fordham
By GARY FONVILLE
Forgotten NY correspondent
On my way, going southbound on the Grand Concourse, I got caught by a red light at E. 188th Street. While waiting for it turn green, I just happened to look to the left (east), I saw this sign with archaic occupational names.
To many of a certain youthful age, “hatter” is almost self explanatory. To be precise, it was a place where hats were often made and sold. But the other word, that’s partially covered is “haberdasher”. It was a term used years ago to refer to a men’s clothing store.
Let’s thank NYC for that red light at that location. If that red light wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be able to share it with you FNY fans.
That’s not all! An even older word for “hatter” is “milliner” for “women’s hat designer” and here’s an example on West 22nd Street west of 6th Avenue. Miss Weber’s millinery was in business between 1910 and 1915.