Dating clothing union labels
Quick Tips for Dating Vintage Here are some quick, easy-to-remember tips. Center-back dress zippers – seen occasionally in the 1940s and early 1950s, but generally later 1950s and 1960s and in most dresses since the 1970s.They don’t necessarily place a garment in a specific year, but they will help you narrow down the time range. Velcro® was invented in 1948, but not used in clothing much until the 1960s.Stiletto heels (tall, very slim) were first seen in Italy in 1955, and with pointed toes in 1957.Generally speaking, shoes with round toes and Spanish heels (high, but thicker than a stiletto’s) are pre-1957.
First available to consumers in stockings in May 1940, nylon was not used in other clothing until after WWII. S., England, and Germany use variations of the same sizing method ((e.g. Some countries that manufacture shoes for export sensibly mark shoes in the size system of the country they are shipping to.
Written by Hollis Jenkins-Evans/pastperfect2 and Liza D.
The following information is a guide to identifying and dating vintage clothing, suits, coats, pants, jackets, and workwear that was sewn by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America based on the union label that is present on the garment.
The modern metal zipper was invented in 1914 and used in galoshes and bags until 1927, after which they were also used in men’s trousers. Machines were not in common use for civilian garments until after 1845.
They were not common in women’s dresses until the late 1930s. Machine chain stitch came first, followed by lockstitch. Hand-sewn and machine-sewn construction (as opposed to hand-sewn finishing) coexisted for years – until the 1880s, if not later.