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Airtime shirt, 1990s

Airtime shirt, 1990s

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Description
This unfinished Airtime brand boys shirt was in production when authorities raided the the infamous El Monte, California sweatshop in 1995. It is part of a larger Smithsonian collection of artifacts documenting apparel industry sweatshops, focusing on the El Monte operation.
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
shirt
date made
1990 - 1995
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 32 in x 18 1/2 in; 81.28 cm x 46.99 cm
ID Number
1996.0292.09
catalog number
1996.0292.09
accession number
1996.0292
Credit Line
State of California. Department of Industrial Relations. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
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Work
Sweatshops
El Monte
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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