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  • Founder of the Earnshaw Knitting Company, maker of Vanta infant clothing. Earnshaw began to produce what was to be his most lasting legacy: a magazine called "The Infants' Department". George Frederick Earnshaw was born in West Roxbury, MA, on July 1, 1871 and attended Boston Latin School. In 1905, he married Margaret Wright of Lowell, MA, and had six children. In 1911, Earnshaw moved to Chicago, where he founded Earnshaw Knitting Company. The... more
    Founder of the Earnshaw Knitting Company, maker of Vanta infant clothing. Earnshaw began to produce what was to be his most lasting legacy: a magazine called "The Infants' Department". George Frederick Earnshaw was born in West Roxbury, MA, on July 1, 1871 and attended Boston Latin School. In 1905, he married Margaret Wright of Lowell, MA, and had six children. In 1911, Earnshaw moved to Chicago, where he founded Earnshaw Knitting Company. The company developed a layette line, under the label Vanta, based on the principle that it's safer to dress children without pins or buttons. In 1912, he patented "twistless tape." In 1922, Earnshaw moved the Earnshaw Knitting Company from Chicago to Newton, MA. The manufacturing business that began with a handful of workers had grown to more than 1,000 employees. In 1928, he resigned as president of the manufacturing company. He became the publisher of Earnshaw's magazine, formerly The Infants' Department. In January 1938, he unveiled another business-boosting brainchild: "National Children's Week." George F. Earnshaw died on October 1, 1940, at age 69. In the years since his passing, the knitting company building was razed and Vanta baby goods are no longer on the shelves. less
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