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The Van Raalte Company was founded by brothers Emanuel and Zealie Van Raalte in 1913. Originally known as the E & Z Van Raalte Co., they were makers of fine gloves, nylon stockings, and lingerie. The brothers sold their interest in the business in 1927, but the name lived on to become well-known for the signature fabrics and treatments they developed and patented in the 1940s-60s, including Opaquelon, Fabulace, Petalskin, Suavette and Philmy. By 1968 the company had 16 lingerie factories and annual business worth $72 million. In 1970, Van Raalte was bought by Cluett, Peabody & Co (the Arrow shirt company), and by 1974 the business reported an annual loss of $11 million. Eventually the company was sold to Warnaco.

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from a 1950s slip - Courtesy of Ranch Queen Vintage

from a 1950s slip

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from a 1950s nightgown - Courtesy of Ranch Queen Vintage

from a 1950s nightgown

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from an early 1960s bra & panty girdle set  - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from an early 1960s bra & panty girdle set

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from a late 1960s negligee (hangtag) - Courtesy of Chezmov

from a late 1960s negligee (hangtag)

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from a late 1960s negligee - Courtesy of Chezmov

from a late 1960s negligee

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from a 1970s hostess gown - Courtesy of endlessalley

from a 1970s hostess gown

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from a pair of 1978 lined vinyl gloves  - Courtesy of stellarose

from a pair of 1978 lined vinyl gloves

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from a 1980s nightgown  - Courtesy of pinupdresses

from a 1980s nightgown

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