Detachable collars I know of, and could identify laundries in my experience … but Good Fellows? Help me out here – or help Elizabeth Ramsay, please.
I came across your very interesting website while looking for information about an obviously old dry cleaners/launderers, as follows;
Dry Cleaners and Launderers,
LX2386 LX1208 LU8208’.
My late husband was a senior army officer, both in the British and then the Australian army, and amongst his personal effects I have come across a plastic bag with the above writing on it and containing a variety, and quite a number, of detatchable, flat, white collars plus some very heavily starched stand-up collars. I am intrigued to know when and where he may have worn them. I imagine it would be very difficult to find a laundry which would handle such collars today.
I know it is not likely that you would have any records of dry cleaners/launderers going back to the 1950s and 60s which is when I suspect he may have used the collars but I thought it worth a try to find out anything about ‘GOOD FELLOWS’ and in which city they once were, and when. I do hope you don’t mind me contacting you.
I am in the process of writing a small book about Donald’s life and times for our daughter and her small son and have included details of the famous military cap makers, Herbert Johnson in London who used to make and keep a model of each customer’s head so they could always make them a cap which fitted and then post it anywhere in the world the officer happened to be. So any indication as to when detachable collars were the norm would be terrific. Such fashions seem a million years ago today.
I look forward very much to your reply.
With best wishes
Elizabeth Ramsay <firstname.lastname@example.org>