Dating clothing union labels

You can also identify the maker or importer of the garment.

RN#s may be printed on the care label, or on the maker name label.

If anyone can send proof to the contrary please contact us.

In 1933, ACWA started to include a union label in all garments that were produced.

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.

The first use of a union label was the Cigar maker's Union in 1874 when the boxes of cigars made under union conditions were tagged with a label.

Though the International Cloakmaker's Union (1892) did call for a union label at its initial convention nothing ever came of it, as the group was only in existence a short time.

Please keep in mind that these dates represent the earliest time when the clothing could have been manufactured not the time when these item was sold.

CAUTION: The RN# issue date does not give the manufacture date of the garment. A registered identification number or RN is a number issued by the Federal Trade Commission, upon request, to a business residing in the U. that is engaged in the manufacture, importing, distribution, or sale of textile, wool, or fur products. They may, however, use the RN in place of a name on the label or tag that is required to be affixed to these products. RN numbers were issued under the Fur Products Labeling Act from 1952 through 1959.

gov History WPL numbers were issued from 1941 through 1959 under the Wool Products Labeling Act. These numbers start at 00101 and continue to 04086.

The different clothing labels contain a lot of information.

Some, like the RN#, can be helpful in determining the age of a garment.


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