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Union Labels pictured here are International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union (UHCMW), Coat and Suit Industry National Recovery Board, National Recovery Administration (a law that supported workers’ right to join labor unions), New York Creation, Prosanis (1924-1929) = not technically a union, Fashion Originators Guild (1941) – also not technically a union, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) and Consumer’s Protection Label (1935-1959).
See also separate entries for Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, Fashion Originators Guild, New York Creation, National Recovery Board, NRA-National Recovery Administration and Prosanis.
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
from a 1960s dress; label used 1963-1974
from a 1970s coat
Canadian ILGWU used from 1968 to 1984
from a late 1960s/early 1970s beach skirt
from a 1970s swimsuit
from a 1980s dress; label used 1974-1995
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from a 1951 mens winter coat
from a men's late 1960s tweed Norfolk jacket (this label style was used from 1962 to 1976. They do vary within this period)
from a late-1970s men's sport coat
from a pair of 1930s silk pajamas
front and back of label from a 1940s hat
from a 1940s coat
from a 1971 Chanel copy suit
from a 1960s woman's hat (label used 1934-1983)