We’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 in the Berkshires, home.
As with any small town, there are always one or two companies that employ a lot of the community. Crane is one of those companies. Not only is it common to meet an employee working 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.
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. Even though the post office won’t accept the small size anymore, they still 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 a 1955 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.