This ad campaign for Munsingwear ran 1939-1946. It was a pivotal time in the industry, as people switched from one piece knit or broadcloth union suits to the modern “streamlined” standard of briefs and boxers. Also notable is the introduction of t-shirts as a piece of outerwear, though at the time, it was reserved for casual and sporting contexts.
This vintage union suit was made by The Globe. It is an unusual style, with a horizontal trap door in back and a double breasted closure with collar and mother of pearl buttons. With that collar, I’m unclear whether this was meant to be worn with a shirt or as a shirt.
Tagged size: 36
Pit to pit: 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22″