Today, I have some delightful photos to share, all courtesy of Richard York, a recent poster who mentioned that his grandmother modeled briefly for the Bradley Knitting Company of Delavan, Wisconsin.
I’ve written about Bradley several times. They are best remembered for their wool knit swimsuits, but they also made other knit items such as sweaters, shawls and dresses. A couple of months ago I put in a losing absentee bid on a fabulous late 1930s wool knit ice skating ensemble from Bradley, with the sweater, skirt, hat and even matching panties. I’m still in mourning over that set.
Richard’s grandmother was Mabel Jennie Gross of Delavan. She married Edward Munger (in above photo with Mabel) in July of 1924. Richard
believes they met at the Bradley Knitting Company. At some point before 1926 when Richard’s mother was born, Mabel modeled for Bradley, and Richard has sent scans of some photos.
The clarity of detail in these photos is so much better than what you find in photos reproduced for catalogs of this era. I have a 1922 Bradley catalog, and these photos show the quality of the knitting and the design in a way that just can’t be seen in ads and in catalogs.
So I hope you enjoy these as much as I have. Be sure to click the link at the bottom to see them all, as I’ve got 14 different photos. And I just realized I’m in the market for one of those sweater/skirt sets, if anyone spots one for sale.
All photos courtesy of Richard York.