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HOW IT ALL BEGAN

In the latter part of the 1920s, Upper Darby, located directly west of the Philadelphia city line, was one of the most rapidly growing townships in the state of Pennsylvania. The century long boom of the region’s textile industries, starting as early as the 1840s, gave the township of Upper Darby a major boost in commerce, employment, and overall quality of life for its residents. It was also during these times that Joseph Charles Taylor, a resident of Upper Darby Township himself, began running his real estate business, starting in 1928.

After almost a decade of running his real estate business, Joseph Taylor decided to supplement his income by expanding his operations to also include personal lines of insurance (home, auto) along with business insurance. He would open his office and run it out of 55 Long Lane in Upper Darby. During this period of expanding the scope of his business, Mr. Taylor was also on the company boards of many businesses which, in turn, allowed him to make a vast network of professional connections throughout the region of Philadelphia. As a result of this, he was able to establish a commercial book of business, insuring transportation, gas, and utility companies, along with large contractors. On July 23, 1947, he officially registered it as an operating business entity called “J.C. Taylor Company”.

Joseph Taylor continued to expand his successful business into the middle of the 1950s, but by that time he had decided to sell the company, first splitting it into two parts. A local businesswoman bought the real estate side of the business, keeping the original name “J.C. Taylor Company” in the process, which she continued to run on her own until she retired in 1993. The other piece of the company holding all of the insurance business was sold to two local businessmen, Albert Hall and Robert Hamel, who decided to call their company “J.C. Taylor Inc.” They continued to run the insurance business created by Mr. Taylor going forward. In 1962, at the age of 61, Joseph Charles Taylor would pass away at his home in Haverford, PA.

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