1933-1935 Frankoat oatmeal tweed overcoat

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This vintage jacket was made between 1933 and 1935 by Frank Brothers under their Frankoat label. It is made of midweight oatmeal tweed with a great orange fleck running through it. It has a three button front with caramel colored buttons, raglan shoulders and notch lapels. It bears an incredibly rare Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America label, used only between 1933 and 1935. A new label was issued by the ACWofA in 1936, and again in 1939. The coat is half lined and has the name of the original owner, Gilbert Harrington, sewn inside.

Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″ (doubled = 47″)
Center of collar to end of cuff): 34″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 46-1/2″

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1930s-early 1940s Bond double breasted overcoat

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This vintage overcoat was made in the 1930s-early 1940s by Bond Clothes. It is made of black herringbone wool, is double breasted, with wide peaked lapels and a breast pocket. The coat is fully lined, and bears either a 1936 or 1939 Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Union label.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 40″

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1930s Meier railroad uniform jacket

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This vintage jacket was made between 1936 and 1938 by A.G. Meier & Co. They were located at 205 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL and produced uniforms and caps. This jacket was produced for a railroad employee, and is single breasted, with a four button front. It has stitching at the cuffs and no breast pocket. The jacket has four spacious interior pockets, all made from heavy sailcloth. There is evidence of railroad insignia at the collar and on the cuffs. At some point, the jacket was converted to be worn as streetwear and the original brass ring-back buttons were changed out for sewn-on plastic ones.

Chest (pit to pit): 20-3/8″ (doubled = 40-3/4″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″

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1939 dated A. Nash overcoat

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This vintage overcoat was custom tailored in 1939 by the A. Nash Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.  It is a classic double breasted style, with a belted back. For some reason, someone has moved the buttons on the belt back to make it longer, but moving them back is a simple fix. It is half lined with a center vent. It has an early variant 1939 union tag which I have not seen outside of this coat.Chest: 24″Shoulder to shoulder: 19″Shoulder to Cuff: 26″    PhotobucketPhotobucket

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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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