Men's necktie; Wm. Skinner and Sons, jeep design, printed rayon crepe; 1945

Men's necktie; Wm. Skinner and Sons, jeep design, printed rayon crepe; 1945

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Men's printed necktie; William Skinner and Sons. Viscose rayon crepe jacquard; 1945. World War II Jeep design, printed on viscose rayon crepe jacquard necktie, made in 1945. Thread provided by William Skinner and Sons in Holyoke, MA, Screen printing and weaving by A. Sulka & Company. Screen printed red figures, green Jeep, and dark blue background forming pattern no. 9158 small army automobile. Made of T.9141.01. Off-color jacquard all viscose rayon crepe. Same fabric as T-9137 after steaming. Satin circles on fabric. Machine stitched center back rectangle. Hand stitched body. White lining.
William Skinner emigrated from England to Massachusetts in 1843, finding work as silk dyer. He eventually opened his own silk manufacturing company, the Unquomonk Silk Co., making silk threads and yarns for weaving and sewing. In 1874, the mill was destroyed when the Mill River Dam gave way. Skinner moved his company a few miles away, to Holyoke, Massachusetts, and rebuilt the mill, expanding production to include woven fabrics (Skinner satins were nationally famous) and silk braids. He ran the company until his death in 1902, and the firm stayed in the family, and remained in operation in Holyoke, until 1961, when his heirs sold it to Indian head Mills, which immediately closed the Holyoke operation.
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Currently not on view
Object Name
Men's necktie
necktie
date made
1945
maker
A. Sulka & Company
William Skinner and Sons
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Holyoke
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
viscose rayon (overall material)
jacquard woven; cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 48 in x 3 in; 121.92 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
TE.T09141.002
accession number
170051
Credit Line
Gift of William Skinner and Sons
subject
American Textile Industry
World War II
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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