Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
This is a rare John B. Stetson Boss of the Plains, made in their No. 1 quality fur felt. Known as the “hat that won the west”, this was a real working cowboy’s style, with a flat, raw edge brim and a short, straight sided crown. This is a relatively late production example of the model, which can be dated between 1933 and 1935 by the NRA Code tag. The brim measures 3-1/16″ and the crown measures 4-3/8″.
This vintage overcoat was made between 1933 and 1935 by Hart Schaffner & Marx for the Lou Lucke Co. of Havre, Montana. The coat is double breasted, in a blue and gray tweed. It has a pleated back and raglan shoulders. The coat bears a NRA (National Recovery Act) member tag, which dates the coat accurately. Lou Lucke was born in 1874 and operated a mercantile in Havre starting in 1903.
Chest (pit to pit): 26″ (doubled = 52″)
Sleeve (center of collar to cuff): 36″ (roughly equivalent to a 27″ sleeve)
Length (base of collar to hem): 50″
This vintage shirt was made in Wisconsin between 1933 and 1935 by the Chippewa Falls Woolen Mill under the Chippewa label. It is made of red and black wool, with long tails, buttoned breast pockets, and a extension tab or ” chinstrap ” collar stand. These shirts were popular workwear during the fall and winter months. The shirt bears a NRA Cotton Code (National Recovery Act) tag, which helps date it within a three year span.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 32″
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″
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″
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.
1934 (1934-1936) Not pictured: same as 1936 and 1939 tags
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.