I’m back from my little vintage buying trip, and I’m ready to show off the special things I found. I really do not buy large quantities of stuff, especially since I narrowed the focus of my collection to mainly sportswear. It helps me to be able to zero in on the stuff that fits in with the types of things I like to acquire and research.
First up is a sweet tee shirt and matching shirts set from Jantzen. I almost missed this set. The lady who had it in her booth was still unpacking things, and when I passed by the box of unpacked merchandise I spotted the Jantzen logo. I simply could not believe it when I saw that there were matching shorts, and that both were unworn.
The label in both pieces is found in Jantzen items dating from the late 1940s and into the early 1950s. The shirt is cotton knit and the shorts are a cotton twill.
The shorts are cuffed and have a back metal zipper.
Best of all is the presence of this original sticker. It was due to the sticker that I was able to narrow down the date of the set. Style-wise it could be anywhere in the 1940s and early to mid 50s. It was my hope to find the set in a period advertisement, and while I found quite a few similar ones online, I did not located the exact set. But what I did notice was that all the ads had a price list in the ad copy.
Since I know my tee shirt was $2.95, I looked at all the prices of Jantzen tee shirts. What I found was that up until 1945, they advertised their tees at $2. By 1947 they were $2.95, but in a 1950s ad I noticed that the price had dropped to $2.50. I think I’m pretty safe in assuming that my set dates between 1947 and 1949.
Another hint as to date might be the colors. I do not know enough about what colors were “fashionable” during which years. Wouldn’t that information make a fantastic reference book though?
One 1948 ad actually showed the stripe combinations that were available, but mine was not included. I’m sure the answer is out there, and eventually I’ll find it. But honestly, even though I love to have matching ads for items in my collection, it really does not matter that much to me whether the year is 1947 or 1950. Items like this set were worn over spans of several years anyway.
Yes, that is an actual pocket, perfect for a dollar bill and the house key.