Vintage Hangtags

You are looking at the beginnings of a new collection.  Well, not exactly new, it’s just that I’ve only recently admitted that I collect hangtags.  A hangtag is something that you know you can’t throw away, but you don’t quite know what to do with it.

So once thay started mounting up, I decided to make a filing system for them; to treat them like the other bits of informative paper that I find to be useful.  And hangtags really are useful.  Several years ago, in the early days of the eBay chat boards, someone posted a photo of a Swirl hangtag.  On it was a fact that I couldn’t believe – the company had been based in Easley, SC.  This small town was only an hour and a half away from me, and it led me to visit the town and to research the company.   And that led to my website, which led to this journal.

So see how important a hangtag can be?!

Here are some favorites.  Who can resist an American Tourister tag shaped like a suitcase, a Kleinerts tag shaped like a bathing cap, and a Mazet kitten wearing a sweater with replacement button eyes?


Posted by Pinky-A-GoGo:

They don’t make hang tags like they used too! Love the kitty kat:)

Saturday, January 2nd 2010 @ 8:32 AM

Posted by Joules:

Lizzie, I think these are culturally valuable to collect, and important! Plus, really cool. I’m glad you are saving them.
And, so this is why we have the blog!

Saturday, January 2nd 2010 @ 8:35 AM

Posted by Mod Betty / Retro Roadmap:

I love “Little Miss Everything”!

Saturday, January 2nd 2010 @ 6:09 PM

Posted by Anonymous:

Interesting to learn what started your great blog. Now you have me looking carefully for hang tags too.

Saturday, January 2nd 2010 @ 6:17 PM

Posted by Lizzie:

Yes, it was a hangtag that started it all! I’m glad you all appreciate these great little scraps of history.

Saturday, January 2nd 2010 @ 6:50 PM

Posted by Amy @ VivaVintageClothing:

I love old hang tags! Not only for the information they provide, and the fantastic graphics, but also for the sheer silliness of the made-up words that advertising folks came up with to promote their products, like “Sav-a-wave”–too cute!

Thursday, January 14th 2010 @ 6:58 AM

Posted by Sarah:

These are all marvellous, but maybe my favourite is the kitten too.

When I used to work in a charity warehouse I used to save some of the tags (they would have been thrown anyway). Can you add links here? OK, I’ll try!

You can see some of them here:

Monday, January 18th 2010 @ 2:38 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

Readers, do yourself a favor and go to Sarah’s link!

Monday, January 18th 2010 @ 4:59 PM



Filed under Collecting, Curiosities

2 responses to “Vintage Hangtags

  1. Pingback: A Bit More from Kleinert’s | The Vintage Traveler

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