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vintage t-shirt tags

Posted in formerly made in the usa, history, shameless self promotion, t-shirts, tags on October 7, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

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I’m a vintage t-shirt fanatic so this is like pornography to me. You would be surprised how little there is on the internet or anywhere for that matter about the history of t-shirts. Yes, there are some books out there, but they are more like coffee table books rather than what i’m looking for- a hardcore guide book for the hardcore vintage freak. My bud Jimmy at Defunk’d has put together one of the most useful guides out there.
Most of the companies that produced vintage t-shirts are long gone or have been purchased by much larger companies. Even the heavy hitters like Fruit of the Loom and Hanes have next to no records of when particular tags were used or when particular model numbers were produced. The raving vintage lunatic is left to stitch together the pieces of vintage t-shirt history through old catalogs, magazines, movies, and by sharing tips with fellow travellers. This kind of stuff really appeals to the historical archivist in me, so I’ve been working on putting together a cohesive history for the past year or so. Wish me luck!

Beacon Falls Shoe Co. – Husky Shoes for Rough Work

Posted in ephemera, formerly made in the usa, shoes, Teens, workwear on March 23, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

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“The Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Company was established in 1898 and is now splendidly housed…. Both water and steam power are used in the operation of the factory and there is electric connection for emergencies. That the business is today one of the most important and extensive industrial enterprises not only of Beacon Falls but of the Naugatuck valley is indicated in the fact that the company today employs fifteen hundred people, fifty-five per cent being male. They manufacture rubber boots and shoes and outing footwear. The plant has a capacity of twenty / thousand pairs of rubber shoes per day. ..Their product is sold all over the United States and also in Europe and the company has offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Kansas City and San Francisco. They are represented upon the road by one hundred and ten traveling salesmen, who travel from their own branch offices. This is the main industry at Beacon Falls…The history of this organization is largely the history of Beacon Falls, for no other business enterprise has contributed in more extensive and substantial measure to the growth and commercial development of the city. “

– from “The History of Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut (1918)
Beacon Falls was bought out by US Rubber in 1921. In 1930 the name was changed to UniRoyal.
I accidentally learned something…

Munsingwear factory (1912)

Posted in formerly made in the usa, history, Teens on March 13, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

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“The Great Manufacturing Plant of the Northwestern Knitting Co.”
The banner at the top of the penthouse offices (?) reads, “The Home of Munsingwear”

Marilyn Monroe wore Levi’s (1960)

Posted in celebrity endorsers, dames, formerly made in the usa, jeans, Sixties on March 6, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits (1960)

Largest pair of Levi’s ever made (1953)

Posted in Fifties, formerly made in the usa, jeans on March 5, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

From the pages of Jet Magazine.

The Anderson Shoe Company catalog (1915)

Posted in ephemera, formerly made in the usa, shoes, Teens, Twenties on March 4, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

I love the color scheme and illustrations on this one. When was the last time you read a clothing manufacturer bragging about cementing their seams? There’s not much about this company on the internet, any info is welcome!

Excerpt from “Boot and Shoe Recorder” a trade magazine from 1922:

“Baltimore- Big Fall Business Ahead- The local retail merchant has been experiencing the usual between-season business but is looking forward to a banner season this fall. About all the stores are showing advance fall styles…indications are that perforated patterns will sell big this coming season.”

Dull as dishwater, but again, tells a little something about the hidden history of America. There are HUNDREDS of small time shoe companies listed in this boring yet facinating trade magazine. There used to be a thriving domestic shoe industry, scattered throughout the country and highly responsive to local tastes, valuing quality of construction, but at the same time, looking to expand out of market by producing snappy catalogs such as the one above.