Courtesy of the Draper-Maynard Co.
The Draper-Maynard Co., Manufacturers
of Sporting Goods
M A I N E guide once made the re-
mark that "A mosquito was a
mighty little thing", but it made a
tarnal big itch." This is true in many
ways and in all walks of life, particularly
so in the manner in which The Draper-
manufacturers of Plymouth, N. H.,
started into this line.
Some twenty-five years ago, a well-known
professional player sent a glove to this con-
cern, asking them to duplicate it, making the
same out of the old original Indian tanned
buckskin, which had made Plymouth buckskin
gloves famous the world over for over fifty
years. His request was granted and from that
time, first from individuals and then from the
trade itself, came the demand for the gloves.
As time went on, business became so large,
and the different articles of manufacture so
varied, that the concern decided it must be
one thing or the other, and so devoted its en-
tire attention to the manufacture of sporting
A View of the Leather Sewing Room
In 1911 their factory was burned. At
present they occupy new quarters which have
been completed less than a year, which are the
most up-to-date, modern and best equipped
for their use in existence.
Few realize the care, thought and study
which must be put into the manufacture of
sporting goods. Take for instance the football.
It is said to be covered with a pigskin. This
is an error, and where it originated, is not
known. One theory, and perhaps the best, is
that in the old days of Soccer Football in Eng-
land, the fact that a pig's bladder was blown
up and used, associated the idea of a pigskin
with a football. In reality, this leather is cow-
hide, carefully selected and tanned in Europe.
From ten to eighteen months is required to
cure the skins properly.
In this factory can
be seen large bales of this leather, as it comes
from the tanners; then again, in following it
through the works, it is seen first on the
stretching and staking machines; then on the