Every Vintage Patch has a story
If there's one thing we love, it's history. Not only do we encourage our children to learn and understand the history of our family and our country, but we encourage our employees to also research and learn at every opportunity. To honor this love of history and love of learning, we made these hats with Vintage Patches. These are special because they are a part of history which means they each have a story. We've decided to share with you some of our favorite stories from our research and encourage you to share any stories you may have of these events!
Space Shuttle Discovery
IT WAS LIKE DANCING IN THE COSMOS.
— Jim Wetherbee as Discovery rendezvoused with Mir during STS-63
On August 30, 1984 the Discovery Shuttle launched into its first of many missions. Over the next 27 years the Discovery launched 39 times earning it the title of The Longest Serving Orbiter, and the missions it served were not limited to any one type of mission. Some notable missions include the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, the return to flight vehicle after the Challenger and Columbia tragedies, and it was the first spacecraft to have a female Pilot, Eileen Collins and Pamela Melroy, as well as our first African American commander, Frederick Gregory. The Discovery Shuttle has been instrumental in our exploration of space, and we are proud to honor it here at Holtz Leather.
Cellone's Italian Bakery
BAKED WITH FAMILY TRADITIONS
— By The Cellone Family
Immigrating in 1909 to the US from Torino, a city in Northern Italy, Antonio and Raffaele Cellone sought what every immigrant in the early 1900s did: The American Dream. They built a brick oven in the basement of their house and started baking and delivering their family recipes throughout their neighborhood, door to door, using a horse drawn wagon. As they grew in popularity, they soon outgrew their basement, and opened a restaurant in Pittsburgh in 1911 where they quickly became known for their authentic Italian baked goods. They are credited with being the first bakery in the US to produce the Egg Bun, which is now an American bakery favorite. Today, they’re fully automated with state of the art technology and over 100 years of Italian baking experience.
1980 Winter Olympics
DON'T EVER LET YOUR MEMORIES BE BIGGER THAN YOUR DREAMS
— Jim Craig
This patch is straight from the 1980 Winter Olympics which were held in Lake Placid, New York. Leading up to the winter games, the US and Soviet Union were in a bitter Cold War and the 1980 Summer Olympics had been canceled due to it. There were 10 disciplines in this year's winter Olympics, equaling to 38 events. The United States placed third after the Soviet Union and East Germany with 6 Gold, 4 Silver, and 2 bronze medals.
I MUST HAVE DRANK ME ABOUT 15 DR. PEPPERS
— Forrest Gump
First introduced in 1885 by Brooklyn-born pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco, TX. Early claims stated this drink aided in digestion and restores vim, vigor, and vitality. The unofficial, official drink of Texas, fans of Dr. Pepper speculated that one of the 23 flavors of it is “prune juice” but Dr. Pepper has since refuted this rumor. The secret formula is kept as two halves in a safe deposit box in two different Dallas Banks. This “King of Beverages” is a favorite to many around the country, and a favorite to those of us here at Holtz Leather.
A Brief History of State Parks
A GROVE OF GIANT REDWOOD OR SEQUOIAS SHOULD BE KEPT JUST AS WE KEEP A GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL CATHEDRAL.
— Theodore Roosevelt
With the signing of the Yellowstone Act of 1872, Yellowstone became a public park for the enjoyment of the people. This would begin a worldwide national park movement, where now there are 100 nations that contain over 1200 national parks. Following the establishment of Yellowstone, the US declared additional national parks and monuments, many of which are in the federal lands of the west. In August 1916, President Wilson signed the act which then created the National Park Service, who we now know as Park Rangers. They were tasked with promoting and regulating the National Parks. As of this year, the National Park system of the US comprises more than 400 acres, covering more than 84 million acres in 50 states. The National Park Service still strives to meet the original goals put forth by President Wilson but they’ve taken on some new ones as well: guardians of our diverse cultural and recreational resources, environmental advocate, a partner in community revitalizations, a world leader in preservation, and a protector of America’s open space.
THE KING OF BEERS
Founded in the 1850s, through the combined efforts of both Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch, this small neighborhood brewery grew into the National Presence that it is today. German immigrants in the mid-19th century forever changed the brewing industry by introducing the Lager Beer and soon it became one of the most popular styles of beer brewed here in America. Eberhard Anheuser was a German immigrant who originally owned the largest soap and candle company in St. Louis; it's in St. Louis where he met Adolphus Busch and the two began their partnership. By 1901, the company broke the 1 million barrels of beer sales mark for the first time, making it one of the nation’s leading breweries, where it remains a National Icon.
Every one of these vintage hat patches we have, have a story, and here at Holtz Leather we are so blessed to be able to share these with you and we hope you'll share some stories with us!