Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 10:58:17 +0000
From: Jim Rader jrader[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]M-W.COM
Subject: Re: doppkit
The word Dopp is a trademark of the Buxton Co., a manufacturer of
men's leather goods located in Chicopee, MA, a town just north of
here (i.e., Springfield). Our files don't indicate when the
trademark was registered, and I haven't tried to find out, but
registration existed in 1982. According to the Buxton Co.'s website,
the firm was founded in Springfield in 1898 by a Buxton family.
Unfortunately, the site has no information on the history of the Dopp
The "Style" section of the Aug. 1995 issue of Playboy illustrates a
Dopp kit and states in the caption that "[it was] developed by
Charles Doppelt around 1919." Take this for whatever it's worth.
Our cite files do not show generic use of _Dopp kit_ before the
1970's. I suppose that earlier occurrences might not have been
marked by editors here because they recognized it as a trademark,
though it surprises me that nothing turns up.