Ad Campaign – Ship ‘n Shore, 1953

More here than meets the eye…

Ship ‘n Shore tailoring is so kind to the curve of an armhole… so generous where a shirt-sleeve meets a shoulder… no wonder it brings out the best in fine fabrics! 

Ship ‘n Shore is another of those brands from the mid twentieth century that despite being a big deal then, is all but forgotten today.  At $2.98 ($26.60) today, the line was affordable, but even from a photo one can tell this was a quality product.

One of my very favorite fashion details is a mitered collar in a stripe.  That collar took expert precision in cutting and in sewing.  And I also love the contrast of the horizontal placket against the vertical stripe.  And even though we can’t see it, we are assured by the ad that the curve of the armhole is properly cut.  Today you can easily find a sleeveless blouse for less than $26.60, but not with this quality.

Ship ‘n Shore was founded in 1916 as the Susquehanna Waist Company in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, by Samuel Netzky.  You might know that a waist was what we would today call a blouse, and even though the company ventured into making other women’s garments, the blouse was their mainstay.  According to an article that quoted a great-grandson of Netzky, the company changed its name to Ship ‘n Shore in 1954, though it is apparent from this ad that they were using the name before that date.  The US Trademark site gives 1939 as the first use of the Ship ‘n Shore name by the company.

The Netzky family sold the business in 1977, and it was eventually bought by Montgomery Ward.  In 2002 some of the Netzky family purchased the rights to the name from Montgomery Ward.  They formed a corporation, SWC Enterprises, Incorporated, and began plans to revive the label.  In the article I found I thought this bit was very interesting:

To understand what customers want today, SWC conducted market research with two groups of women, ages 35 to 49 and ages 50 and up, and found a desire for moderately priced clothing that looks youthful but not dowdy and fits women’s bodies better as they age, he said.

“There was a sea of complaints about styles of clothing for the age 35-plus woman,” Schwartz said.

Unfortunately, it looks as if the plan did not materialize, as today the trademark status is dead, and I could find nothing about SWC after 2003.  Now that is a real loss opportunity for the plus 35 set.

I have a few more great Ship ‘n Shore ads I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks.

Information from, accessed April 16, 2014.


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13 responses to “Ad Campaign – Ship ‘n Shore, 1953

  1. Many a ship and shore blouse did I have….most with Peter Pan collars. I agree, it was a great brand. Thanks


  2. You are making me long for summer and crisp, stylish blouses!


  3. What a beautiful chevron effect on the collar–that takes skill! And I certainly wish that their plans for grown up but not dowdy clothing had survived.


  4. The problems of sizing for older women are definitely complex, since different body types add and lose weight in different places. Some of us add weight from the hipbones up; others add weight from the midriff down. And some lose mass once we no longer need to store fat for having babies and nursing. (E.g., “Where did my butt go?”) Lynn at American Age Fashion recently discussed some studies about special sizing for older women at I’m glad that some companies are aware of an untapped — and growing — market.


  5. I adore ship ‘n shore blouses. I have quite a few in my collection each with their own cute little detail!


  6. It’s nice to read more about one of my most-found labels. And I really love the striped example shown in that ad, for all the reasons you mention.


  7. bellneice

    Ship ‘n Shore had an outlet store in Upland PA when I was young. My mother liked taking me there – we didn’t have a lot of money, but she always looked for quality. She saw no sense in buying cheap things.


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  9. Connie Rogers

    mom, 100 yr old, only wears ship n shore blouses and still has a couple that have not disintigrated. She always wanted to make sure her neck and arms were covered…….


  10. Hello,
    My name is Julia Schwartz and I am the great-great granddaughter of Samuel Netzky, the founder of Ship ‘n Shore.
    I am currently trying to curate a collection of ads from my family’s company and came across your blog online here.
    If you are interested in selling your ads or know of where I could be purchasing them outside Ebay/Etsy, please email me @


  11. Ruth Merriner

    My Mom bought mine thru Cook Coffee Co. Salesman Herman carried everything. I had a pink one and a white one. When I had them a while I redesigned them into summer halters ,all by hand sewing!


  12. Sorry to see this clothing no longer


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