A Crane Connection 55 Years in the Making

virginia-wedding-picWe’ve always been proud of the fact that Crane & Co. has been in business since 1801, operating as the Liberty Paper Mill and run by Zenas Crane. Since then, we’ve remained in Massachusetts and our factory now calls North Adams, a quaint, quiet town the The Berkshires, home.

As with any small town, there are always one or two companies that employee a lot of the community. Crane is one of those companies. Not only is it common to meet an employee who was worked there for 30-plus years, but it is also common that he/she is a second or third generation Crane employee. And those in the community who don’t work for Crane inevitably have at least one relative who does. Simply put, there is always a Crane Connection here in North Adams.

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But even though connections are common, we are still elated when we hear stories like Virginia’s.

Virginia recently came aboard in the assembly division of the factory. One day an employee learned that this new face had a Crane Connection. Virginia was 18 when she got married 55 years ago. For her mother, an avid Crane stationery user, there was no question about who would make Virginia’s invitations. Her mother also ordered personalized stationery with her new married monogram, which she still uses today (its small size isn’t accepted by the post office anymore, but she uses them to accompany birthday and Christmas presents.)

Five years ago, Virginia’s children created a digital anniversary card through Crane to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary. The picture they used was of the couple sitting in a1955 Mercury.

Wanting to share these Crane memories, Virginia recently brought in her wedding album, which she has kept after all these years. We took a handful of snapshots, which we’ve shared below.

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More than 200 years ago, Stephen Crane decided to make a statement. And it wasn’t with his fashion forward breeches or well-groomed mutton chops. It was with his Liberty Paper Mill, named so just two years after the British occupied Boston – and just five miles away. A tres bold move, if we do say so ourselves. Today, Crane & Co. still calls Dalton home, our 100 percent cotton paper still incites swoons, and we’re still making bold statements. Still not with breeches.

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