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At the turn of the 20th century, Providence was one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. In the 18th century, the Brown and Almy families had established the first mechanized textile factories in the country. By the early twentieth century, the city was also home to machine-tool, jewelry, and heavy machinery industries with companies like Nicholson File, Gorham Manufacturing (silver), and the Corliss Steam Engine Company. Women of the Almy, Brown, and Nicholson families were among those who had their clothes made by the Tirocchi sisters. Through word of mouth and advertisements in Junior League publications, Anna and Laura consciously sought out the patronage of elite women: Aldriches, Pecks, Braytons, Colts, and others.

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