Dating union tags
Those manufactured since the 1970’s had the ® MR next to the name. The idea was that when the stitching on both back pockets were viewed together they resembled the shape of the famous Longhorn cattle in the West.In 1936, Lee introduced the “Hair on Hide” label the Companies first leather label. It was at this time also that the back martingale was removed from the jeans.The purpose was to give their customers something to wear on more “dress up” occasions. Lee Westerner Jackets came in white, black, brown, blue and Khaki.When they were manufactured can be determined by the registered trademark on the label.In this story about the “LEE” Brand Name, we will combine the history of both the Lee Jeans and the Jackets Products they manufactured since these products actually evolved from the work wear clothing line the Lee Company started with after its inception. In 1926 Lee introduced slide fasteners on the bib overall straps to offer a better fit to the wearer. Later the words “UNION MADE” were included with the Lee Brand Name on many of its labels.
In addition to the earlier described railroad jacket, in 1927 Lee introduced the “Logger dungarees featuring wider hips, watch pockets and suspender buttons.
The European date format is something that creates a lot of confusion with visitors from the US.
Being essentially ‘backwards’ by American standards, European date format can cause mix ups and problems with everything from arranging meeting times to running software.
This jacket was introduced with the cowboy in mind and they were to continue to be produced for several decades.
The “Slim” Jacket was the first shorter, more tailored western-style jacket and was later to be included under the Rider Label.