Rambo & Regar Knitting Mills

One of Norristown’s most recognizable buildings is the Rambo and Regar (or Globe) Knitting Mills, located at 660 and 694 E. Main Street.

Globe mills

The firm was founded by Joseph S. Rambo in 1884 as Rambo and Lee.  Lee soon retired, and in 1886, Howard K. Regar came into the firm, which specialized in seamless hosiery.  It was originally located at Moore and Walnut Streets.  The Main Street building dates to 1898.

Here is a picture of the interior:

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And this picture appears to be management and workers, but the occasion for the picture is unknown.  Perhaps it dates to the opening of the new factory.

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You might notice in our first picture that the smokestack was taller when the mill was built than it is today.  It was shortened in the 1950’s when a sportswear manufacturing firm moved into the space.  The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

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