ILGWU called for use of a union label at its first convention.
Its use was slow to take hold however, as it was optional and seen as being of limited use.
Additionally, manufactures used all issued labels before starting the next issued series.
I’d love to see it and figure out its origin and era! a union label by The United Hatters of North America (UHNA).
This is not a complete guide to every single union label known to clothing and textile production — but it does cover the largest unions and therefore, the labels you’re most likely to see when examining the interior of your vintage garments.
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But there are more union labels to be found in vintage clothing than just that of the ILGWU.
There are labels for millinery (hat) unions, men’s clothing unions and other unions which made women’s clothing and suiting during the 20th century.