Uniforms by Angelica. Founded 1878—63 Years of Uniform Leadership [cover title].
Unrecorded pre-Second World War American trade catalog for food service, hotel and club, factory and machine shop, medical and hospital, and domestic workers. With ordering ephemera laid in and a bound-in February 15, 1941 price list.
Thoroughly illustrated in exuberantly vibrant color, the uniforms are shown on models whose faces are rendered from photographs, giving the presentation a more realistic appearance. Here there are uniforms for waiters and waitresses, bar staff, store clerks, physicians, nurses, chefs, maids, and, specifically for women, elevator girl uniforms and pant uniforms for drive-in or curb service.
Clothing types include dresses, waistcoats, vests, caps, hats, chef’s toques, suits, gloves, pants, bow ties, medical smocks, reversible dresses and skirts (“Angelica Nu-2-Way”), aprons, women’s headbands, etc. Additionally, there are frocks for stewards, meat packers, “Laboratory men,” etc. Also seen are costume dresses in “Spanish,” “Peasant,” and “Little ‘Dutch Girl’” styles.
An extraordinary panoply and visual record of uniforms of the pre-WWII service economy.
Description: Uniforms by Angelica. Founded 1878—63 Years of Uniform Leadership [cover title].
[St. Louis, Mo.: Angelica Jacket Co., 1941]. 60pp. Trade Catalog. 11¾ x 8¾ inches. Illustrated self-wrappers; stapled. Color illustrations, partly from photographs, throughout. Two additional bound in sections: four pages general information after p2 and a four-page price list dated February 15, 1941 after p58; plus order blank, business reply card, and envelope laid in. Minor wear and light creasing to covers; some damage along fore-edge of price list affecting a few words; overall, very good.
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