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The ILGWU (International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union) was formed in 1900. European (ISO/Ginitex) garment-care symbols were developed in 1958 and have been in inconsistent use since the early 60s (according to Ginitex). S., ASTM care symbols, with or without additional text, have been in use since 1997.
It joined the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) briefly in 1937 and rejoined the AFL (American Federation of Labor) in 1940. The Textile Products Identification Act of 1960 (TFPIC) mandated the use of fabric-content labels in the U. It was intended to eliminate false advertising and the information was most often presented on a disposable paper hang tag rather than on a permanently affixed label in the garment. American garments with ASTM care symbols are almost always modern.
Loops for hanging found inside the neckline of vintage jackets and blouses are usually of European manufacture.
Hem tape generally indicates North American manufacture. Circle stitching inside the cups of a bra is a good indicator that it’s from the 1950s. The National Recovery Board was created in 1934, as part of the New Deal. National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935, so these labels are seen after that date.
KEEP IT TOGETHER – fasteners Men’s dress trousers continue to have button flies through the 1940s. Vintage slips, bras, and garters have metal hardware, not plastic.
If there are threads sewn through the lining to anchor decorations, then those decorations are not original to the hat.Antron nylon was trademarked in 1960, Antron III in 1970. Exotic leathers (crocodile, lizard, alligator) were commonly used for shoes during WWII because they weren’t rationed for the war effort.Dacron (trademarked by Du Pont) refers to several types of polyester yarn. Qiana, developed by Du Pont, and commercially available since 1968, is a filament nylon used for woven and knitted fabrics. as elastane) was developed by Du Pont in 1958 and mixed with various fibers for use in lingerie since 1960, and in a wide range of clothing items since the 1980s. DATING VINTAGE SHOES Vintage shoes from before the 1970s use AAAA-DDD width sizing, rather than M (medium), N (narrow), and W (wide). Shoes made from 1800-1860 only have right or left sole shapes if they were custom made to fit a client’s foot. Remember “croc has a dot, alligator not” when identifying skins. Sandals entered the shoe wardrobe in mid-1930s, first in Europe, then the U. After the sandal came open-toe and sling-back shoes, in the late 1930s – never before.Cartridge pleating of the skirt at its waist is seen from the 1840s-1860s, fading out by the 1870s.Tiny piped armhole seams date a garment to the 1870s or before and were rare after that. Three-quarter and seven-eighth length sleeves were popular from the late 1930s through the 1950s. Armholes were cut high and fitted in the 1950s and the 1970s.Written by Hollis Jenkins-Evans/pastperfect2 and Liza D.In the 1980s, aerobics classes sprang up all over the country, from the hearts of the biggest cities to small towns in the Heartland.Its most familiar use is in the slinky disco shirts of the 1970s. So a pair of 1940s platforms would be marked size 7AA, while a 1970s pair would be marked size 7N. Mules (open-back clogs) are likely to be European if they predate 1990.Women’s European shoes from 1810-1830 rarely have heels while American-made shoes of that era often do. Though some were seen in the 1970s, they really weren’t popular in North America until the 1990s.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.