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carriage makers/trimmers

Carolee Bailey (View posts)
Posted: 1122140466000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gormley
Looking for brother(s)/ancestors of Donald Gormley, carriage builder/trimmer from Ireland; b. 1832 and died in Nova Scotia in 1900. May be related to Charles Gormley b. 1835 also a carriage maker in Lexington, Kentucky.

Re: carriage makers " Stripers "

Posted: 1177640609000
Classification: Query
What is a striper? A person who decorates with a stripe. Today we might call it him a detailer.

One of my grandfathers, John Felker, worked in his father-in-law Charles H Walker's carriage in Erin, Ontario and sleigh shop. He job was a striper. You need a steady hand to paint on the fancy stripes and sworls on the carriage. When the carriage/blacksmith shop closed at the turn of 1900's, he had no trouble at all find a new job with an old skill. He turned his hand to painting stripes on bicycles at the CCM Bicycle plant!

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