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Royal Worcester Corset Factory
Worcester MA  1860-19 ??
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Article from Modern Priscilla 1911

Making Corsets Under Ideal Conditions Think of a man making corsets for fifty years! Imagine a man devoting all his energies for
 half a century to the perfecting of what is in many ways woman's most important garment! Could we reason-ably expect anything other than the development of the finest line of its kind in the world? Could we be sur-prised that a business started in one room with one employee grew, as the years went by, to a vast establishment employing fifteen hundred times that one
 original employee? Such things are but
 the natural results of intelligence, in-
 dustry, ambition, and the determination
 to succeed in spite of all obstacles.
 In 1861, David H. Fanning founded
 the Royal Worcester Corset Company
 in Worcester, Mass., starting in one
 room with one employee. To-day the
 beautiful home of the "ROYAL WOR-
 CESTER," "BON TON," and "AD-
 JUSTO" corsets is one of the model
 manufacturing plants of America, pro-
 viding employment for about fifteen
 dred men and women, reflecting credit
 on the city of Worcester, and adding
 to the prestige of New England as a
 manufacturing centre for fine goods.
 And all because one man has for fifty
 years kept always before him the
 ideals of business, and the goal of
 success that he knew awaited the man
 who strives with diligence and determi-
 At the age of eighty, Mr. Fanning
 is to-day still the president of the Royal
 Worcester Corset Company, and his
 ambition is as stanch as ever, looking
 always forward to still bigger and
 better things.
 The readers of this magazine would
 certainly be intensely interested could
 they but visit the home of this concern
 and see for themselves just how its
 product is made, and under what con-
 The main building, which covers two
 sides of an entire block, has recently
 been enlarged by a four-story addition
on the north wing, increasing by half
 the capacity of the plant. The working
                               conditions of the factory are ideal,
                               the equipment complete, and lighting,
                               heating, and sanitary features are per-
                               The executive officers and private
                               suites for the officers of the
                               are on the first floor, their handsome
                               finish and furnishings being in keep-
                               ing with the gigantic scope and
                               of the establishment.
                               Besides the actual designing, cutting,
                               and making of corsets, all the advertis-
                               ing, printing, and box-making of the
                               firm is done on the premises, each
                               department a large on in itself. Elec-
                               tricity is the motive power for all
                               machinery, eliminating the
                               of dust and the dangers from belting.
                               The ventilation is by the blower
                               system, which continually infuses fresh
                               air into the workrooms by means of
                               huge fans in the basement, where the
                               outside air enters direct on the heating
                               Special precaution against fire is af-
                               forded by an automatic sprinkler and
                               alarm system throughout the structure,
                               while wide, double stairways of heavy
                               steel construction at either end of the
                               building, and large and substantial fire-
                               escapes are conveniently placed for
                               quick exit. In the basement is a white-
                               tiled dining hall for the employees, the
                               recesses of which are studded with
                               palms and potted plants. There you
                               will find a library, also, for the use
                               of the employees, containing all the
                               magazines and periodicals of the day.
                               A hospital room on the second floor,
                               fully equipped, ministers to the needs
                               of the working men and women. If, on
                               examination, any employee shows
                               of tuberculosis, he or she is sent away
                               to a sanitarium until cured at the ex-
                               pense of the Company.
                               The unsanitary drinking cup has
                               been replaced by automatic, bubbling
                               drinking fountains located at
                               points on every floor. They are fed
                               with pure, sparkling water, double
                                                            filtered and cooled in a new, private re-
                                                             frigerating plant, the temperature of the
                                                             water being controlled by the
                                                             Thus, hand in hand, go a great in-
                                                             dustry and a great philanthropy.
                                                             Summed up, everything which makes
                                                             for the comfort of employees and the
                                                             successful operation of the business is
                                                             amply provided.
                                                             As a result of Mr. Fanning's broad,
                                                             aggressive policy, and strict business
                                                             integrity, the Royal Worcester Corset
                                                             Company has been for years
                                                             as one of the great industrial institu-
                                                             tions of the world. Nearly two million
                                                             dollars has been expended in advertising
                                                             its products in magazines, newspapers,
                                                             booklets and other mediums, which has
                                                             resulted in making the three trade-
                                                             mark names "Royal Worcester," "Bon
                                                             Ton" and "Adjusto," internationally
                                                             famous. Every pair of corsets that
                                                             leaves the factory is the final result of
                                                             painstaking care, from designing to ship-
                                                             ping room, of skilled labor, the best
                                                             materials (all fabric is put to the sev-
                                                             erest kind of test to prove its strength)
                                                             and the most modern and exacting de-
                                                             tails of designing, cutting, and making.
                                                             In short, no expense or labor is spared
                                                             to make the industry the worthy expres-
                                                             sion of a high commercial ideal.
                                                             The remark of a recent visitor to
                                                             the factory, quoted below, serves to
                                                             illustrate an interesting point --
                                                             "If just a small portion of the fashion
                                                             and health-loving American women
                                                             could take a tour through this model
                                                             plant and witness the wonderful proc-
                                                             esses and ideal working environments,
                                                             I believe it would be impossible to pro-
                                                             duce corsets fast enough to meet the