Occupational Cap
Occupational Cap
Occupational Cap
Occupational Cap
Occupational Cap
Occupational Cap
Occupational Cap
Occupational Cap
Occupational Cap

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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing Accessories
Clothing and Accessories
Men's Clothing
Uniforms ➔ Occupational Cap

This cap accompanies jacket number 189443 and was worn by Tony Borris who was a representative for Philip Morris Cigarettes. It is made of black serge and has red trim throughout. It has a black chinstrap and a brown leather sweatband. This hat also has a faded label on the interior crown from Brooks Uniform Company. 
circa 1940
Cotton , Patent Leather
2.5"" h 6.5"" w 6.5"" d
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Gift Of Mrs. Ida Plaat

Furniture City (1994 – 2013)
Furniture City was one of the signature core exhibits installed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's new Van Andel Museum Center when it opened in 1994. At approximately 10,000 square feet, the exhibit occupied a significant portion of the museum's second floor and contained hundreds of pieces of Grand Rapids Furniture. The exhibition was accompanied by the authoritative book on the subject, "Grand Rapids Furniture", by GRPM curator Christian Carron. The Furniture City exhibit told a comprehensive story of the Furniture Industry in Grand Rapids, from its origins in the years after the Civil War, up to the present day with office and fixed seating manufacturers like Steelcase and American Seating. The exhibition was significantly reduced in size in 2013 to make room for a new gallery and was closed in 2019.
Brooks Uniform Company
Brooks Uniform Company was founded in New York by Ely Strook in 1909. 

Plaat, Mrs. Ida

Tony Borris
Tony Borris, born Anthony Henry Borrisweicz (ca. 1915) in Grand Rapids with dwarfism. He grew up in St. John's home for orphans until adopted by a local couple at the age of 14. He graduated from the Grand Rapids Technical High School and went to work as a page at the Rowe Hotel in 1934 got the nickname "Colossal." Borris could sing, dance, and tap and became part of an entertainment group. He moved to Detroit around 1936 to be the page at the Hotel Fort Shelby. His radio and entertainment presence grew and he was signed on by Phillip Morris to be an understudy to the original "Johnny Morris." His promotional duties took him across much of the south and east. Eventually moving to California and in the late 1930s to be the radio "Johnny" for shows produced in San Francisco and Hollywood. He did wartime shows with famous names of the time and became somewhat of a national celebrity. He returned to West Michigan in the late 1940s and did promotional work for local companies until in death in 1954.
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