Thu Feb 10 10:56:25 MST 2011
"pouncer": "A person who or thing which pounces the surface of a hat."
"pounce" (verb): "To trace or transfer (a design) on or to a surface
by dusting a perforated pattern with pounce; to dust (the perforations
in a pricked pattern) with pounce; (also) to imprint or copy a design
on to (a surface) using pounce."
"pounce" (noun): "A fine powder, esp. powdered charcoal, for dusting
over a perforated pattern sheet to transfer the design to a surface
So hat factories definitely would have employed pouncers.
On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 3:06 PM, Charles S. Mason, Jr.
<cgrs791 at netscape.com> wrote:
> I found an occupation on a birth record (1892) for a great aunt that said
> her father was a =E2=80=9Cpouncer.=E2=80=9D=C2=A0 I have searched every s=
ource I can think of and
> have not found this occupation.=C2=A0 Her father, my great grandfather, w=
> involved in hat making and worked in a hat factory in Philadelphia, PA.=
> did find that as a part of the process of making felt hats, they pounded =
> felt.=C2=A0 I suspected that there was a typo on the birth record since i=
> not the actual record, but a certified transcription of the record.=C2=A0=
> at a typewriter keyboard the d is above the c and I thought that was the
> I have not found a census record that records his occupation as a pouncer=
> Of course the census record is handwritten so this cannot be a typo.=C2=
> anyone know what this occupation might be?
> Thanks for your help.
> Chuck Mason
> Charles S. Mason, Jr., CG
> Past President of the Fairfax and Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies.
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