1930s National Recovery Act tagged Western Field hunting jacket

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This vintage canvas hunting jacket was made by DryBak for Montgomery Ward between 1933 and 1935. It was sold under the Western Field label. The jacket is made from brown canvas with a corduroy collar and cuff linings. The collar has a flip up panel with an elastic strap to keep your ears warm on chilly days. There is a double breast pocket. The jacket has reinforced shoulders and flapped shotgun shell pockets over the roomy cargo pockets. The coat has a buttoned game pocket. The National Recovery Act Cotton Authority tag helps date this coat.

Tagged size: 38
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29″

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1934 NRA tagged Davis Overcoat

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This vintage overcoat was tailored in October of 1934 by Davis Tailorcrest of Seattle, Washington for Sherman Bast. It bears the eagle NRA (National Recovery Administration) Code authority tag. The coat is double breasted, with a full belt and patch pockets. It is made from a luxurious textured gray wool.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 48″

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Union Labels

An extremely rough guide to union tags. There are other unions whose tags are not represented here. Companies and tailors used what tags they had on hand, so there is overlap between different patterns of tags, and there are always exceptions and flukes.

1883 (1883-?)
NRA (1933-1936)

1934 (1934-1936) Not pictured: same as 1936 and 1939 tags
1936 (1936-1939)
1939 (1939-1949)
1949 (1949-1962)
1949 variant (1962-c.1976 ) I’ve seen examples of these on menswear dated into the 1980s, despite the union merging to form the ACTWU in 1976.

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