#132: Time Ward
There’s always room in the hatch for another pair of overalls. You know, a pair for every day of the week, every mood, every occasion.
Montgomery Ward (b. 1872, d.2001) from the 1940’s. These were either made for a lady or a boy.
The buttons are patinated steel with logos. Discreet green stitching detail at points of interest.
Sanforizing is a method used in the garment making stages to prevent shrinkage and maintain shape after washing. It came into practice in the early 1930’s.
A newspaper article from February, 1946 reads “NOW AT WARDS — Pioneer Overalls of Sanforized Denim — $1.62. — They’ll fit you right from the day you put them on. The Burly 8oz denim is carefully constructed, double sewn with the strongest thread, heavily bar-tacked at all points of strain, to give you amazingly long wear on the toughest, most grueling jobs. Cut full and roomy to give you loads of action free comfort, packed with seven big, handy pockets to make your work easier! High Backs.”
If you’re in the market for an old pair, and if hunting on eBay is your way, be mindful of the essential torso measurement which is often left out of descriptions. If it’s too short, your new ‘alls will be unwearable.
A tiny, ladylike patched hole at the hem, above, and threadbare stitching at the hem, below.
From the Library of Congress Archives,
“Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943.”
Overalls serve up a potent reminder: work hard, play hard.