IFAI Expo: 1960-1969

May 1, 2020

The present and future of synthetic fabrics By Sy Hyman, President, Herculite Protective Fabrics Corp., Newark, New Jersey From his presentation at the 1964 CPAI Annual Convention, Kansas City During those early years around 1955, not all synthetic fabrics failed. Many installations did work well. Almost the entire protective covering industry reacted to the sounds …

IFAI Expo: 1940-1949

April 1, 2020

THIS AWNING INDUSTRY —YOURS AND MINE by R. M. Schofield, Sales Manager, Cotton Goods Division, Glen Raven Cotton Mills, New York About 12 years ago I recall a survey which was conducted along certain sections of the East coast. The survey consisted of picking certain residential areas and asking each home owner one question: “Have …

Future History: IFAI Expo 1940-1949

March 1, 2020

Substitute awnings and Their Effect on the Industry An Address Given by J. J. O’Connor, Our First Vice President, at the Recent Roanoke Convention In the year just past, the world was shocked by the collapse of France in just four weeks, and the whole world started expressing fear. In our own industry we felt …

IFAI Expo 1935: what happened at the show, and around the industry

February 1, 2020

Judging from the crowds which it attracted, we are safe in saying that one of the newest and most practical awning accessory exhibited was the Coolawn Ventilator. This device is applicable to nearly every type of residential awning, as well as many types of store awnings. In construction and application it is extremely simple, being …

IFAI Expo 1920-1929

January 1, 2020

This Business of Going to Conventions From James E. McGregor’s editorial on page 13 of the August 1928 National Canvas Goods Manufacturers Review.  Ideas are like the farmer at work. He prepares the ground by preparing his mind through study of conditions which affect the future crop. He gets those ideas from Farm schools, practical …

IFAI Expo 99 years and counting …

December 1, 2019

In 1912, fourteen manufacturers of awnings and canvas products convened at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver to form the National Tent & Awning Manufacturers Association. The goal of the group was both modest and practical: to set weights and prices for canvas products. But what has endured, for more than a century, is a …