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Newtown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Stocking Works

Newtown Heritage Walk No. 6

 
 
Stocking Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
1. Stocking Works Marker
Inscription.  
Originally, the Newtown Hosiery Mill (a.k.a. The Stocking Works) operated out of this building at 301 South State Street. In 1884, the Excelsior Bobbin and Spool Works was founded by John B. Mawson in Yardley. In 1889, it was moved to Newtown after a fire destroyed the Yardley plant. In 1904, the Bobbin and Spool [W]orks chartered the name Excelsior Bobbin and Spool Company, which expanded with new buildings and updated equipment. After the brief tenure of the stocking manufacturer, the building was used by a stained glass company, a bobbin facory, and then, during World War II, by the Lavelle Aircraft Corporation.

When World War II started, there was a tremendous demand for aircraft, and Lavelle expanded to meet the demand. To mark its success, a ceremony was held at the plant in July 1945, where the company was awarded the Army-Navy "E" for excellence in production. After the war, the company changed over to stainless steel production for jet engines, missiles and satellites. The world's first weather satellite, TIROS 1, was manufactured here in 1960. It recorded the first TV image from space. Some of the components used in the
Stocking Works and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
2. Stocking Works and Marker
Looking south on State Street.
Apollo space missions were also manufactured here. In recent years, the property has been renovated into office space.
 
Erected 2007 by Newtown Historic Association, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceIndustry & CommerceWar, World II.
 
Location. 40° 13.445′ N, 74° 56.162′ W. Marker is in Newtown, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and Sterling Street, on the left when traveling south on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 S State Street, Newtown PA 18940, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Weather Satellite (here, next to this marker); Friends Meeting (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Hicks House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Hicks (approx. 0.2 miles away); White Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whitehall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bird in Hand (approx. ¼ mile away); February 9, 1778 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newtown.
 
Stocking Works Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
3. Stocking Works Photo on Marker
[Caption reads] View of the Excelsior Bobbin & Spool Works, circa 1900.
Bobbin Works Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
4. Bobbin Works Photo on Marker
[Caption reads] View of Bobbin Works, circa 1920.
Stocking Works and Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
5. Stocking Works and Sign
Rain didn't dampen spirits at the beer festival.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,106 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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