The following information is a guide to identifying and dating vintage clothing, suits, coats, pants, jackets, and workwear that was sewn by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America based on the union label that is present on the garment.There are five different known union tags that were used to identify ACWA as the clothing manufacturer.These tags will stil have the copyright date of 1949 on the right hand side.
The lower left corner of the tag underneath the "Workers of" will read copyright 1934 by ACW of A. The 1939 vintage label is identical to the 1934 issued tag.
It has all the same features listed above except a new copyright date of 1939 followed by ACW of A.
Like all unions of the time, the great depression thinned the ranks of ACWA's membership.
ACWA survived the downturn and much of it's membership returned thanks to the union's legal right to organize gained from the National Recovery Act of 1933.
People often ask me how I know about the age of items, and, it can be hard to answer because to me so much of it is obvious and subconscious.
While in the Salvation Army the other day, however, I explained to two teenage girls looking through records what "LP" stood for, and, what a "45" is.
Shortly afterward, Sidney Hillman became president of the newly formed union and led it's membership for the first 30 years.
As a result of this split, at its inception the AFL refused to recognize the ACWA as an AFL affiliate.
As a result, despite the 19 years of opposition with the AFL, ACWA finally gained the AFL recognition as an affiliate in 1933.