ILGWU


ILGWU or the International Ladies Garment Worker Union, was formed in 1900. In 1935 the union became part of CIO. Tags are notable for their “AFL-CIO” attribution or lack thereof. The AFL and the CIO merged in 1955, therefore any ILGWU labels with AFL-CIO (look closely, as it is often very small) on them are post-55.

In 1974 the labels were changed to a red, white, and blue color scheme. This was in conjunction with their efforts to urge Americans to not buy imported goods: Buy American: The Job You Save May Be Your Own. The ILGWU remained active up until 1995, when they merged with another union, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, to form UNITE.

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from a late 1950s dress; label used 1955-1963  - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a late 1950s dress; label used 1955-1963 Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a 1960s dress; label used 1963-1974  - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a 1960s dress; label used 1963-1974 Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Canadian LGWU used from 1968 to 1984  - Courtesy of magsragsvintage

Canadian LGWU used from 1968 to 1984 Courtesy of magsragsvintage

from a 1970s swim suit  - Courtesy of chezmov

from a 1970s swim suit Courtesy of chezmov

from a 1980s dress; label used 1974-1995  - Courtesy of cactusandcattails

from a 1980s dress; label used 1974-1995 Courtesy of cactusandcattails

Union label chart - Courtesy of betterdressesvintage.com

Union label chart Courtesy of betterdressesvintage.com

Union label chart 1 - Courtesy of betterdressesvintage.com

Union label chart 1 Courtesy of betterdressesvintage.com

Union label chart 2 - Courtesy of betterdressesvintage.com

Union label chart 2 Courtesy of betterdressesvintage.com

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