Union Labels

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Nick Charles, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. Nick Charles

    Nick Charles Practically Family

    Messages:
    989
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix
    What are the different dates on the union tags in suits. I have one that i can clearly see as 1949, I have another that looks like the 49 tag but instead of red copyright numbers they are grey and it look like the dated says 1945. Is there a good place to find out? I also have a pair of shoes with an AFCW stamp inside, anyone have any info on them. My web searches are pretty blahh.
     
  2. This just came up in an ebay forum:

    http://forums.ebay.com/db1/thread.jspa?threadID=1000139359&tstart=40&mod=1132570986357

    There is also a fedora lounge thread which deals with some union labels issues, but i can't recall where i found it. If i recall correctly the union labels were copyright 1939, 1949 and 1968 (i have garments with '39 or '49 tags). There was also the NRA label from 33-35?

    sorry i couldn't help more ...

    bk
     
  3. resortes805

    resortes805 Call Me a Cab

    Messages:
    2,019
    Location:
    SoCal
    Definitive Guide to Union Labels

    Hi folks, I'm new here.

    Does someone know where I can get a definitive guide to dating suits via union labels? Thanks!
     
  4. frontmanvintage

    frontmanvintage New in Town

    Messages:
    29
    Location:
    KS
    Where is the website for Union Labels, please?

    :confused: I am gathering info about Union Labels used in mens clothing from 1919 to 1975 to help with the dating process along with other criteria. Once compiled, I know that this will be invaluable information for buyers and sellers alike.

    If anyone knows the website that was referred to in a previous post concerning this, please, please let me know.
     
  5. so far as i know there is no such site.

    bk
     
  6. An urban myth, I reckon.

    .
     
  7. skillbilly

    skillbilly One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    162
    Location:
    Alameda, CA (The Isle of Style)
  8. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,469
    Location:
    Behind the 8 ball,..
  9. ramblinBOB

    ramblinBOB One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    192
    Location:
    ms
    1940 dated union label ?

    HI i had seen a thread here on how to date union labels . i have a tweed suit with a union label thats dated copyright 1940 is it from 1940 or later ? please help guys . thanks
     
  10. It's from 1940 to about 1949.


    .
     
  11. ramblinBOB

    ramblinBOB One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    192
    Location:
    ms
    ok thanks its very nice brown tweed 3 button suit and i just wanted to make sure of the age .
     
  12. I'll bet it's a blurred (smudged) copyright 1949 which looks like 1940. Which dates it from 1949 to 1968.

    bk
     
  13. Aye, it could be.


    .
     
  14. Duck

    Duck Practically Family

    Messages:
    751
    Location:
    Arkansas
    UNION LABELS - A Guide (Images)

    If anyone has dated examples of the different union labels I sure would like to see them.
    Thanks
     
  15. Grace

    Grace Vendor

    Messages:
    255
    Location:
    Among the Tragically Hip
    I've got one around here somehere...let me poke around and see if I can find the link.

    Off the top of my head though, I do know that the AFL-CIO union label was used post 58.
     
  16. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,469
    Location:
    Behind the 8 ball,..
    For what it's worth.

    This is the label inside a world war two officer's tunic. Dated 1939, but I know the tunic was not made until after 1941. [​IMG]

    This is such a confusing subject, as the union labels dates only indicate a possible range that a garment was produced.
    I have seen labels dated 1940, then also 1949. [huh]
    I believe the date is only the copyright date for the actual design of the label? I think some of the unions merged at times, and thus produced the change of logo, which remained basically the same, with the sewing machine inside the diamond shape.
    So we can only guess at the date a garment was made as being somewhere between 1940 and 1949 if a tag says 1940. Then, if a tag is dated 1949, it could have been produced any time between 1949 and the date at which the tag changed again. Sometime in the 70s I think? [huh]
    I hope someone can clear this up,...:eusa_doh:
     
  17. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,469
    Location:
    Behind the 8 ball,..
    Where is Baron Kurtz?

    As I recall, the good baron was working on this problem of trying to decipher the union label dating code. :)
    I am anxious to see if he has come up with anything.
     
  18. Here I am, late to the party . . . plenty drinks in me, though.

    'Tain't so hard. These are the ones you'll find in [American] menswear.

    1933-'36 NRA tag. You won't see this tag very much.

    [​IMG]

    Most vintage menswear (suits/jackets) you'll find will have these tags from the ACWofA.

    1936-'39 (note the date below OF)

    [​IMG]

    1939-'49 (two variants). Note it is pretty much the same as the 1936 tag.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    1949-'68. This from a (probably) 60s jacket. I'm convinced that such tags with a red number are older than the ones with black numbers - though i have no good evidence, just that i see black numbers on later gear.

    [​IMG]

    I don't have a pic of the 69-onwards union label. Not very interesting. Text on a plastic tag that tends to wear off.

    You'll often "see" different copyright date numbers on various of the tags above. You are being deceived, they are merely blurred versions of 1936, 1939 or 1949. There was not, and never has been, for example, a 1942 copyrighted union label from ACWofA.

    There is also this one from a competitor union (UGWA). This one is from a pair of late 40s/early 50s trousers. Pretty crappy pic, but it has a pair of shaking hands in the centre of the oval. I've seen similar tags on 20s suits and 70s womens jeans, though in different fabrics. You won't see this tag very much.

    [​IMG]

    bk
     
  19. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,469
    Location:
    Behind the 8 ball,..
    Ahh,...thanks Baron!

    This does clear things up a bit. :) Now that you mention it I see red numbers on tags in older items.

    So those labels I see that look like 1940 are actually 1949 then? And therefore the garment was made anytime between those dates,...'49 and '68.
     
  20. Duck

    Duck Practically Family

    Messages:
    751
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Thanks Baron!!!:eusa_clap That is exactly what I was looking for.
    Many thanks, sir.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.