March 24, 2015

Jantzen Was More Then Just Swim Bathing Suits!

In 1910, Portland Knitting Company began in downtown Portland, Oregon, with a few hand-knitting machines above a tiny retail store. Little did founders Carl Jantzen, Roy and John Zehntbauer know that they would achieve both fame and controversy as swimwear pioneers. Producing a wool suit for a rowing team they began offering "bathing suits" in their catalog. Knit on sweater cuff machines, the suits became popular with swimmers. The demand increased for those "Jantzens" and the company name was changed in 1918 to Jantzen Knitting Mills. The suits were made of 100% pure virgin wool. Matching stockings and stocking cap completed the costume of the day. Early advertisements guaranteed the famous rib-stitch "gives that wonderful fit".

Fast Forward...1940's

Business perked up in 1941 after Jantzen added sweaters, foundations (girdles) and active sportswear to its basic line. In December of that year, the attack on Pearl Harbor changed the economic picture through 1945. Production of civilian goods declined while military orders increased. Military items produced by Jantzen included sweaters, swim trunks, sleeping bags, gas masks carriers, and parachutes.With the war's end, the company stressed new styling by nationally known designers such as Louella Ballerino. Nylon was a preferred fabric. The bikini introduced in France in 1946, set the style for brevity in swimwear and became a worldwide fashion classic.

March 22, 2015

Sinful Sunday Brief History of Nylon Stockings

The Beginning

It all started in 1930. In an attempt to find a substitute for silk, .researchers for the DuPont Company studied chains of molecules called polymers. Pulling a heated rod from a beaker containing carbon-and alcohol-based molecules, they found the mixture stretched and, at room temperature, had a silky texture. This work culminated in the production of nylon marking the beginning era of synthetic fibers.

Nylon Stockings - 1939 New York World's Fair

Nylon was first used for fishing line, surgical sutures, and toothbrush bristles. DuPont touted its new fiber as being "as strong as steel, as fine as a spider's web," and first announced and demonstrated nylon and nylon stockings to the American public at the 1939 New York World's Fair.According to The Nylon Drama authors David Hounshell and John Kenly Smith, Charles Stine, vice president DuPont unveiled the world's first synthetic fiber not to a scientific society but to three thousand women's club members gathered at the site of the 1939 New York World's Fair for the New York Herald Tribune's Eighth Annual Forum on Current Problems. He spoke in a session entitled 'We Enter the World of Tomorrow' which was keyed to the theme of the forthcoming fair, the World of Tomorrow."

Full Scale Production of Nylon Stockings

First Nylon Plant DuPont built the first full-scale nylon plant in Seaford, Delaware, and began commercial production in late 1939. The company decided not to register nylon as a trademark, according to Dupont they, "choose to allow the word to enter the American vocabulary as a synonym for stockings, and from the time it went on sale to the general public in May 1940, nylon hosiery was a huge success: women lined up at stores across the country to obtain the precious goods."The first year on the market, DuPont sold 64 million pairs of stockings. That same year, nylon appeared in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, where it was used to create the tornado that carried Dorothy to the Emerald City.

Nylon Stocking & the War Effort

In 1942, nylon went to war in the form of parachutes and tents. Nylon stockings were the favorite gift of American soldiers to impress British women. Nylon stockings were scarce in America until the end of World War II, but then returned with a vengeance. Shoppers crowded stores, and one San Francisco store was forced to halt stocking sales when it was mobbed by 10,000 anxious shoppers.Today, nylon is still used in all types of apparel and is the second most used synthetic fiber in the United States.

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March 21, 2015

Lovable Lingerie

In 1926, Frank and Gussie Garson founded the Lovable Co., a maker of lingerie, mainly bras. Their son Dan Garson became company chairman after his service in World War II and Dan’s son, Frank II, joined the business later. In the almost 9 decades that this company was in business, it employed over 3,000 workers across the globe.

Vintage Lingerie Reference Books

For all your vintage lingerie reference books, pictures, or history, please visit my vintage lingerie library where you can buy any of these books here, or click on any of these books below:

For all your vintage lingerie needs, reference and awesome pictures, I highly recommend these books. I have each one in my library and refer to them all the time.

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March 20, 2015

Vintage Inspired Lingerie Piece of the Week

Dollhouse Bettie Naima Midnight Crochet Gown

Dollhouse Bettie's Naima collection brings vintage glamour and modern comfort together in a perfect symphony of elements that makes these style incredibly unique. They wanted to capture the elegance of 1930s bias cut slips and gowns in a way that made them completely wearable, so they turned their eye to the slinkiest rayon jersey, replicating the flowing drape and ultra body skimming fit. They added a stunning crochet insert and created a low back twist halter so you'll be just as gorgeous from the back as you are from the front view. The crochet bodice is just as soft as the rayon knit and you'll adore sleeping in these sumptuously vintage inspired modern muse pieces.

Dollhouse Bettie Naima Midnight Modal Wrap Robe

The Naima long gown is for the sophisticated muse who's unapologetically devoted to glamour. Drape yourself in this incredibly flattering and equally comfortable style and you'll never want to take it off. Available in sizes Small to Large. Rayon and spandex body, 100% cotton crochet insert. Hand made in their San Francisco studio.. See Ya Tomorrow! xo
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