[Reading, Pennsylvania]: 1922-1929. Faux leather. This 5” x 7.5” notebook contains 120 pages chock full of manuscript production tables, sizing information, test results, assorted notes, clothing labels, elastic samples, receipts, correspondence, certifications and more. A six-page pamphlet extract with information about an automatic sewing machine is laid in. All of the contents are in very nice shape. The notebook corner shows some wear and is missing its spine covering. Good to Very Good. Item #008803
Vanity Fair, which has grown into a $13 billion clothing conglomerate (Wrangler, Lee, Jansport, Northface, Vans, Timberland, Nautica, etc.) began in 1899 as a Pennsylvania glove and mitten company. As those sales began to wane in the 1910s it added underwear to its line. Silk underwear was added in 1913; rayon, rayon-blends, and hosiery in the 1920s; and elastic, which it used for girdles and bras, in the 1930s. During the World War II years, the company devoted all of its production lining to making parachutes. After the war, it began to only use nylon in its products and led in developing pleating, color, and print processes. In the late1960s, the company changed its name to the VF Corporation and began buying up other companies. Interestingly, in 2007, VF Corporation left the lingerie business and sold Vanity Fair to Fruit of the Loom. Snader was an important member of the company’s leadership team and served in a variety of positions including Production Manager, Sales Manager, and Treasurer. No doubt a competitor would have loved to find this notebook left lying around on a restaurant table, lounge bar, or restroom vanity. Obviously a unique record of a classic American company’s early years as it built itself into major lingerie supplier.