Starr Skates

STARR MANUFACTURING CO. (LIMITED)

CIRCA 1861 TO 1939

DARTMOUTH, NS

STARTING AS A NAIL FACTORY IN 1861, STARR SWITCHED TO ICE SKATE MANAUFACTURING IN 1863.

THE HISTORY OF STARR SKATES HAS PROVEN INVALUABLE IN TRACING HOCKEYS ORIGINS AS A SPORT BACK TO NOVA SCOTIA.

IN 1867, STARR SHIPPED SEVERAL PAIRS OF ITS SKATES TO THE PARIS EXHIBITION AND THUS MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE STARR ACME SKATE’S ASCENSION TO WORLD DOMINANCE IN THE ICE HOCKEY WORLD.

OVER ITS SEVENTY SIX YEAR EXISTENCE, STARR PRODUCED MILLIONS OF PAIRS OF SKATES FROM ITS FACTORY IN DOWNTOWN DARTMOUTH.

AMONG ITS MANY ACCOLADES, THE STARR ACME SKATE WAS USED BY MOST OF THE PLAYERS IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE.

IN 1939, THE PLANT CEASED ICE SKATE MANUFACTURING AND BEGAN PRODUCING RIVETS FOR SHIPS, SHELL CASINGS, AND OTHER PARTS FOR SHIPS SAILING OUT OF HALIFAX HARBOUR FOR THE WAR EFFORT.

IN 2012, THE SITE OF THE FORMER STARR MANUFACTURING PLANT WAS RECOGNIZED AS A SITE OF NATIONAL HISTORIC IMPORTANCE BY THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA.

WE WERE ESPECIALLY DRAWN TO THE SLOGAN WHICH EMBLAZONED THEIR PACKAGING:

MADE IN CANADA -

USED ALL OVER THE WORLD

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