Today’s feature image contains a view of the center of Danbury, Connecticut, which is located in the southwestern portion of the state about seventy miles northeast of New York City. Felt hat making was the primary industry in the city, and over two dozen hat factories were constructed there between the early-1800s and the decline of production in the mid-1920s.
The expression “Mad Hatter,” first used in England was a term to describe hat workers in the City that were regularly exposed to mercury in the hat making process that led to some of them suffering from hallucinations. Note the “Mad Hatter” store sign next to the Hotel Green in the enlargeable image below.
The photo apparently shows the intersection of Main Street and a side street in the center of the City. Note that only a handful of postwar cars are visible in this circa-1950 image.
Tell us what you find of interest in the photograph courtesy of the Connecticut History Illustrated Archive.