In the roaring twenties, soon after The Great Depression, several great shirt makers, mostly first generation immigrants, banded together to move out of New York City and away from its urban problems, high costs, and rackets. They decided upon a rural area about four hours outside of New York City in Pennsylvania. Among them was Max Gitman, a Brooklyn native who moved his family and business to the coal-mining town of Ashland in Schuylkill County. There, in 1932, the Ashland Shirt & Pajama Company was established. Now known as Gitman Brothers, it’s one of the few remaining shirt makers with its production based in the United States.
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