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If this style of union label has no R, then the garment was made between June 28, 1963 and April 21, 1964. HISTORY: As the outsourcing of garment production abroad became more common, a campaign to encourage American clothing consumers “To Look for the Union Tag” was born in 1975.
Vintage clothing pickers and sellers often use ILGWU union labels to help identify the general era a piece of clothing was made because the union tag’s design (which has changed 8 times since 1900) can help narrow the garment’s age within a window of approximately 10 to 20 years.
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HISTORY: The scalloped crest in front of a needle and thread was adopted in the ’50s.
If you see an ILGWU union label without one, you can conclude the garment was made pre-1950s.
This positive propaganda even released a jingle to support its cause, which you can listen to thanks to the Labor Arts site here.
ERA: 1995 to 2005 LOOK FOR: The scalloped circle over a needle and thread is gone, replaced with a more minimalist style approach. is most prominent and found below “Union of Needletrades Industrial & Textile Employees.” “Union Made in the USA” follows.
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The design with AFL-CIO was introduced to the label after the AFL (American Federation of Labor) and CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) unions merged on December 5th, 1955 under the ILGWU.
ERA: 1964 to 1973 LOOK FOR: Scalloped circle in front of a needle and thread, but placement of words has changed.
HISTORY: The quintessential design of a scalloped circle with needle and thread disappears because the ILGWU merges with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers of America (ACTWU, men’s clothing union) to form UNITE!