The original use for the jeans was for miners during the Gold Rush-opportunists at the very bottom of the working class, venturing to California with very limited means, fighting the wilderness, each other, and deadly diseases eager to get a piece of the pie. Image via LongJohn. A century of truckers and blousons, however, has made for a multitude of models that many devote their lives to cataloging. Much of their original archives were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake in and subsequent fire. One has to rely heavily on the knowledge of collectors and enthusiasts, communicating through cyberspace and sharing on various forums and blogs, their finds and findings. Sometimes incorrect, poorly written, badly translated or based on counterfeit products, these pieces of information are hard to trust, but that same uncertainty is what keeps the treasure hunt going, and what has kept it going for centuries now.
Lee Merchantile was prompted to produce their first line of work wear garments including the now famous vintage Lee Bib Overall. These overalls were made of 8 oz.
In Lee introduced slide fasteners on the bib overall straps to offer a better fit to the wearer. InH.
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With this, the Lee Union-All was created. Army and was the official fatigue uniform during World War I.
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This work wear line included the Lee 91 and Lee series jacket. So up to this time, Lee was famous for providing industrial clothing as well as garments for railroad workers.
It was in that Lee first introduced the Buddy Lee Dolla choice of many vintage collectors today. They proved so successful that dolls were created featuring many different outfits.
InLee introduced the Lee Cowboy Pants. The first Lee Cowboy pants were made in 13 oz.
In this model, Lee removed the back pocket rivets and in their place introduced bar tacking; however rivets did remain on the crotch and front pockets. This early model of the became known eventually as the B once H. Below is a brief timeline breaking down the different designs by period so that you can at least compare any of your older garments against this information to verify its age.
The scalloped circle now surrounds a darkened circle. If this style of union label has no R, then the garment was made between June 28, and April 21, Made in U.
The union tags therefore adopted a style makeover to the patriotic color scheme of red, white and blue. This positive propaganda even released a jingle to support its cause, which you can listen to thanks to the Labor Arts site here.
Jul 19, Lee Apparel Company was started by Henry David Lee in Salina, Kansas. Lee and several associates had gone into the wholesale dry goods and grocery business, and they started producing work clothing due to poor deliveries from factories in the East. In they opened a factory which made work pants and jackets. FIND THE LABEL Take a look at the label inside your item. It's usually around the waistband of your bottoms or along the side seam of your tops. FIND THE CODE Now look for either a 5-digit STYLE code or a 7-digit SKU code. The STYLE or SKU code is usually located right above the SIZE of your garment on the label. ENTER THE CODE Almost done! Take the 5-digit STYLE code or 7-digit SKU code and . Jul 23, ILGWU union labels help identify the general era a piece of clothing was made because the union tag's design can help narrow the garment's age within a window of approximately 10 to 20 years. The union label's design has changed eight times since , so I've compiled a guide to help you compare the design of your vintage garment's ILGWU label to its approximate era.
ByAmericans were buying more clothing than ever produced in countries abroad. The union also represents some clothing production in Canada.
Today the union represents only a handful of clothing companies - and no brands worth writing home about.
Thank you to the Family Vintage Jewels for loaning vintage clothing for creation of this article. Yay, this is an excellent resource! Just what I needed to help identify my own union tags.
At the top of the label, there is a set of numbers AAAY with a set of numbers beneath it. Could anyone advise me on the date of this dress? With that label, chances are you have a garment from to Do numbers have RN proceeding? Sammy, What a detective. From your description I am dating between but can you enlighten more on other text on the label.
LEE Mercantile is one of our favorite vintage clothing labels from the past. LEE mercantile has been manufacturing denim jeans, jackets and attire since the beginning. Setting themselves aside as one of the hottest vintage brands around. They have always been cutting edge and even a little controversial, and example being this Lolita ad that [ ]. These jackets had labels denoted as Lee LJ (Lined and Jelt) and Lee J (Jelt). Those manufactured since the 's had the MR next to the name. In , Lee introduced the "Hair on Hide" label the Companies first leather label. The Lee logo was branded directly onto the cowhide. Dec 03, The first important and easy way to determine the difference in the period is looking if the jacket has two hand warmer pockets. If they are there then it's from the mid until the present. In this period, Levi's has produced a lot of colours and stonewashes. The jackets have four pockets and a .
The label is turquoise possibly faded dark blue in capital letters above Union Label is written AESK and the numbers Thanks in advance. I have a question. I have a garment with a union label that looks just like the era ones, except the Made in U.
Other details like the thread older thread being cotton, then replaced with poly-blen rivets, etc. A killer vintage Type II jacket. Notice the short and boxy fit.
General characteristics include:. The closest marker of its date is the patch label.
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Image via End. Sometime in the 50s these leather labels were replaced with press card labels as found on the later Type III jackets. Customized Type II jacket. Notice the writing on both sides of the Red Tab.
However, by their exclusive patent for riveted clothing had expired, meaning that other companies could use the same construction. Rare, unusual issues, like those from WWII are sometimes higher priced than those from the s.
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But below are some questions to help you further determine the date of your jacket. The bronze slider buckles were also used after the war ended, until the cinch back was replaced with waist tab adjuster buttons on the Type II pattern in This was the last issue of the Type I jacket.
LVC Type I repro jacket back cinch.
Image via A Suit of Tools. If your jacket has a silver slider with pin teeth, and the features from steps 1, 2 and 3 - then your jacket is very likely the issue. As previously mentioned, the Red Tab was introduced in to combat copyright issues. So if you have a tab and the features mentioned in step 5, then you probably own a issue.