John Flynn & Sons

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  • John Flynn started his leather business in 1920, bringing his three sons and daughter into business with him. The original plant was located at 80 Boston Street and employed 18 persons making 100 dozen skins a day. The company expanded over the next 10 years, producing leather for men's slippers and sweat bands for the hat trade.
  • The section of town in which the tannery operated was known as "Blubber Hollow" the most important center of the leather tanning trade in Salem.
  • The company specialized in sheepskins and lambskins for the shoe industry, especially shoe linings.
  • During the war years, Flynn tannery expanded into the cowhide leather industry to produce Air Force products.
  • In 1945, John Flynn & Sons employed 300 people.

See Also

  • Vertical File in Salem Collection - John Flynn & Sons