Collegiate Manufacturing Company (and its precursor Tilden Manufacturing) produced pennants, banners, caps, and college monogrammed clothing for more than six decades. For several of those decades, the company turned out the popular and iconic Personality Pets. The company is emblematic of the arc of American manufacturing success, starting as it did in the early 1900s, contributing to the war effort during World War II, dramatically expanding in the 1960s and 1970s and then changing as economic forces altered the face of American manufacturing in the 21st century. Many Ames residents worked at Collegiate Manufacturing and many more will remember the products and contributions of the company.
Produced by Teresa Larson and B&G Productions, 2013.