Handee Company was based out of Bennington, Vermont. According to the Bennington Museum and the City Directories, the Handee Company was located on 655 Main Street in 1927 and on 126 Burgess Road between 1928-1932. J.A. Shoemaker is listed as the president and Grace Shoemaker as treasurer and the J. A. Shoemaker Company appears to have been a parent or partner company also manufacturing hangers.
It is pretty interesting the different takes on how the clothes hanger actually evolved and who actually should get the credit for the invention. I found this excerpt from Professor Robert Hoskins, a professor of display and exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. He speculates that the mother of the hanger was the tree branch, and before that, the bush. Whatever there was to keep your clothing off the ground was used.
Fast forward a few years. There wasn’t really a need for clothes hangers because there were not a lot of clothes early on and people didn’t really own more than one or two pieces. Clothes were worn daily, even slept in. Additionally, the position of the armhole in lady’s clothing of the 1830’s and 1840’s was so low that a dress or a bodice couldn’t be put on a hanger. Curators at major costume museums agree that clothes hangers were probably not made until after 1850.
So, who really Invented the clothes hanger and when?
Agree to disagree, some say the credit goes to Thomas Jefferson and his space saving device in his closet, a center pole with radiating wooden rods arranged in a spiral to drape clothing on. However, the first real patent for the hanger is (incorrectly?) attributed to O.A. North of New Britain, CN, in 1869, according to Ditto, The Hanger Historical, The Complete History of the Common Everyday Hanger, written in 2018, https://www.dittosbs.com/news/news.php/hanger-historical
Granted in 1869, the invention was more of a set of pegs and a long, inverted hanger that was permanently attached to a wall (see below). An 1852 patent for a shoulder-shaped metal wall hanger by fellow Connecticuter W.B. Olds clearly predates North’s, while other predating patents from 1867 and 1868 also more closely resemble modern hangers, https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/2/6/21113481/wire-hangers-history-use