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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0233, Series 4
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Photographs from an album

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Extent:
18 Photographs
Container:
Box 9, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1920s-1930s
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 4: Photographs
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Films

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1951
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0233, Subseries 5.1
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 5: Audiovisual Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Clothes Harmony

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Item OF 233.1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1951
Scope and Contents note:
16mm color composite optical track print, 500 feet

Descriptive Summary: This is a marketing film for potential buyers of the Jantzen clothing line. It promotes Jantzen's Color Harmonies line of clothing using a fictional story line. The film includes factory scenes in which the viewer is taken from cut to finish. Different Color harmonies ensembles are modeled and discussed.

Creator:

Producer: Jantzen

Director: Erven Jourdan.

Performers/Persons Appearing:

Narrated by Delin Rudd and Hal Roy.

Susie - Jimmy Mitchell

Voice Teacher - Franz Roehn (6 Oct. 1896 - 12 Oct 1989Delivery Boy - Frank Dern

Notes:

Music by Edward Ward (3 Apr. 1900 - 26 Sept. 1971

Story by Peg Bracken
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 5: Audiovisual Materials / 5.1: Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Counterpoints

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Item OF 233.2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
cicra 1951
Scope and Contents note:
16mm color composite optical track print, 524 feet

Descriptive Summary: This is a training film for Jantzen sales staff on how to become an effective seller of Jantzen bathing suits. It uses a fictional approach to illustrate its point. Different styles of Jantzen swimwear are shown in a dance sequence.

Creator:

Producer: Jantzen

Director: Erven Jourdan

Performers/Persons Appearing:

Helen - Nancy Rogers

Mary - Arun Evans

Mr. Kennedy - Pat Goldin (5 Dec. 1902 - 24 Apr. 1971).

Notes:

Music by Ernest Gold (13 July 1921 - 17 March 1999).

Dance directed by Harriette Ann Gray (20 Nov. 1913 - 20 Apr. 1987).

Sun fashion magazines by Wolf & Vine
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 5: Audiovisual Materials / 5.1: Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Figuratively Speaking

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Item MV 233.3 OF 233.3 RV 233.3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1951
Scope and Contents note:
16mm color composite optical track print, 690 feet

Descriptive Summary: This is a film directed to store buyers. The first half of film dedicated to history of Jantzen bathing suits and styles. Female and male models are shown in these suits. The viewer is taken to several Jantzen factories around the world including Mexico, South Africa and South America. Workers are shown in the factories in a number of these scenes. This segues into women's figure types (long torso, junior, small bust, large hips, etc.) and the proper fit of the swimwear. Charts of the different figure types are explained and the proper way to put on a suit is demonstrated. Several suits are modeled inside out to view their construction elements. Fashions for men, women and children close out the film.

Creator:

Producer: Jantzen, Inc.

Director: Erven Jourdan

Performers/Persons Appearing:

Notes: Original script by Ernest Gold.

Song "There's Nothing Like a Jantzen in the World" by Wendell Adams and Elizabeth Eyerly.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 5: Audiovisual Materials / 5.1: Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Now Playing Everywhere

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Item OF 233.4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
16mm color composite optical track print, 493 feet

Descriptive Summary: This is a training film for store sales staff about selling Jantzen swimwear. Themes include, ensuring the proper fit, different Jantzen fabrics, use of fitting charts, design features of the suits, and the information on the hang-tag of each suit. The "Sunmaker" line of swimwear is a focus of the film. The film ends with the demonstration of how the suits perform figure control which Jantzen calls "Curve Allure."

Creator:

Producer: Jantzen

Director: Erven Jourdan

Performers/Persons Appearing:

Store Model - Carla Lauterer

Salesgirl - Lois Pixton

Notes:
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 5: Audiovisual Materials / 5.1: Films
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Misses Line Intro scripts (2)

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Fall 1976
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 5: Audiovisual Materials / 5.2: Slide Presentation Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Misses Line Intro slides

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Fall 1976
Scope and Contents note:
Note: on box: outside plants/from Eunice, Louisiana

Audio-cassette for Fall 1976 line found inside slide box.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection
Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 5: Audiovisual Materials / 5.2: Slide Presentation Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Hauke, Cesar M. de (Cesar Mange)  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
Seligmann, RenĂ©  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc.  Search this
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co.  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Type:
Gallery records
Topic:
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford, 1874-1938 -- Art collections  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L. -- Art collections  Search this
Arenberg, duc d' -- Art collections  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of -- Art collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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Women in Industry Photographs and Advertisements

Topic:
Kodak (Brand name)
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Advertisements
Date:
1890-1948
Summary:
The collection consists of photographs and advertisements related to women working in industry dating from 1890 to 1948.
Scope and Contents:
Series 1: Photographs includes images of women in industry along with associated documents. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject. The photographs date from 1890 to 1981, yet the bulk of the materials are from 1930 to 1948. A portion of the materials are undated. There is a notable shortage of material related to women of color. The photographs depict women working in engineering jobs, operating heavy machinery, working with textiles, and handling different types of technology. There are several types of machines and products featured in the collection including pneumatic drills, gas irons, typewriters, rivet guns, compressed air machines, an arbor press, bending roll machines, and light bulbs. Documents that correspond to the photographs discuss an increase in women taking men's jobs in the 1940s while the men were at war. Consequently, photographs from the 1940s in this collection represent the transition of making machinery more applicable to women and enabling them to do "man-sized" jobs. Many of the 1940's photographs depict women enrolling in engineering training programs and physically working with heavy machinery.

Earlier materials from the early 1900s show women sitting in factories next to lighter equipment such as sewing machines and typewriters. There are a variety of companies displayed in the photographs including B. F. Spinney Co., Computing-Bureau Freight Accounts, Curtis Publishing Company, Curtis-Wright Corporation, Deane Works, Draper Corporation, General Electric Co., Glenn L. Martin Co., Goodyear Aircraft Corp., Osborn Manufacturing Company, and Timken Roller Bearing Co. A portion of the commercial photographs were taken by companies including Commercial Photo Co., Eastman Kodak Company, Mercury MFG. Co., Novelty Photo Co., Science Service, and Underwood and Underwood.

Series 2: Advertisements includes advertisements related to women in industry. These advertisements date from 1927 to 1946. The materials in this series promote products and jobs targeting women operating machinery such as safety bars, grinding tools, bending roles, gauges, double-seaming machines, and portable package staplers. There are a variety of companies featured in this series including Acme Staple Co., Ashcroft Gauge Division, Buffalo Forge Company, E.W. Bliss Co., The Sheffield Corporation, and Willson Safety Products.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Photographs, 1890-1948

Series 2: Advertisements, 1927-1946
Historical:
This artificially created collection traces the transition of women's work in industry during the twentieth century. Most of the collection materials have a different provenance, but thirty-two photographs were assembled by Helena E. Wright during her years working as a curator in the Division of Culture and the Arts at the National Museum of American History. Other photographs showing women in industrial sites were added to the collection by the curator Peter Liebhold in the Division of Work and Industry. The photographs and advertisements in the complete collection were arranged to exhibit the evolution of women in the workforce. Women's occupations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries included work in the clothing industry (i.e. Draper Corporation, B. F. Spinney Co.), factories, and production lines. Despite the low pay, laborious and unsafe working conditions that came with working in these industries, most women felt a sense of empowerment being employed outside the home. Many women welcomed the opportunity to provide an income for their families yet worked long hours in inadequate and dismal settings. During World War I and World War II, men left their industry jobs to serve in the war. In order to serve the war effort, women found more employment opportunities in several types of industries. These included electric companies (i.e. General Electric Co.), aircraft and aerospace engineering businesses (i.e. Glenn L. Martin Co., Goodyear Aircraft Corp.), foundry work (i.e. Osborn Manufacturing Company), steel making (i.e. Timken Roller Bearing Co.), as well as enrollment in engineering training programs (i.e. Curtis-Wright Corporation). These industries provided women with a broader range of employment opportunities, skills, and experiences. Consequently, other companies began creating and marketing products to help improve the lives of women in the workforce. Inventions such as the Willson Saf-t-Bra advertised comfort and protection to women working in various industry occupations.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Women (AC0060) Rosie the Riveter Health and Safety Records (AC0621) Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection (AC0233)
Provenance:
Found in collections and assembled by curatorial staff.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Science Service  Search this
Women iron and steel workers  Search this
Women laborers  Search this
Factories -- 20th century  Search this
Textile industry  Search this
Machinery industry  Search this
Electric engineering -- 20th century  Search this
Industrial engineering  Search this
Manufacturing -- 1920-1930  Search this
Commercial photography  Search this
Women employees  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Industry -- U.S.  Search this
Women -- Employment  Search this
Women in technology  Search this
Women in advertising  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements -- 20th century
Citation:
Women in Industry Photographs and Advertisements, 1890-1948, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1446
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jantzen Knitting Mills, Portland, Oregon

Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 66
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Manufacturer of Swimming Suits
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Ladies' Clothing, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Ladies' Clothing / Business Records, Marketing Material, and Other / 1: Manufacturers and Distributors of Women's Clothing
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Division of Costume Audiovisual Collection

Creator:
Costume, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
23 Film reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Slides (photographs)
Scripts (documents)
Date:
1928-1989
Scope and Contents note:
Films, videos, tape recordings, and slides on fashion and clothing.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into four series.

Series 1: Films, 1920s-1930s, 1970s Series 2: Videocassettes, undated

Series 3: Audio Tapes and Cassettes, 1970s-1990s

Series 4: Slides, 1962,1974-1975
Biographical / Historical:
These materials were transferred from the Division of Costume to the Archives Center.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

DuPont Nylon Collection, 1939-1977 (NMAH.AC.0007)

Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977 (NMAH.AC.0233)

Estelle Ellis Collection, 1941-1994 (NMAH.AC.0423)

Priscilla of Boston Collection, 1940-1996(NMAH.AC.0557)

Maidenform Collection, 1922-1997 (NMAH.AC.0585)

Dorothy Shaver Papers, ca. 1922-1959 (NMAH.AC.0631)

Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection (NMAH.AC.0729)
Provenance:
Collection transferred by Division of Social History.,National Museum of American History.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Fashion -- 20th century  Search this
Costume design -- 1920-1990  Search this
Genre/Form:
Slides (photographs) -- 1950-2000
Scripts (documents)
Citation:
Division of Costume Audiovisual Collection, 1928-1989, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0801
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection

Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Names:
Costumes, Division of.  Search this
Jantzen Knitting Mills.  Search this
Portland Knitting Company.  Search this
Zehntbauer, John C.  Search this
Extent:
7 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Catalogs
Photograph albums
Date:
1925-1977
Summary:
Carl C. Jantzen and John C. Zehntbauer founded the Portland Knitting Company in 1910 as a retail store selling knitted products (i.e. sweaters, hosiery, jackets). Carl Jantzen later invented an automated circular knitting machine that allowed the company to make light-weight materials for swimsuits. In 1916, the company first used the name Jantzen as their trademark and went on to specialize in swimsuits.
Scope and Contents:
This collection has a thorough representation of company newsletters, Jantzen Yarns, and many sample and print catalogues from the 1970s which show the Jantzen clothing and swimwear lines for misses, juniors, and men during that time. There are several company histories written by Zehntbauer which were printed in Jantzen Yarns. The photographs, though few in number, are a good sampling documenting Jantzen headquarters, as well as employees at work. The films, are aimed at store buyers and feature different lines of Jantzen clothing or swimwear, or are training films for sales representatives.

Series 1: SAMPLE CATALOGUES, 1974-1976, includes sample catalogs are for misses, juniors, and men.

Series 2: PUBLICATIONS, 1925-1977, contains issues of Jantzen Yarns (house publication), 1925-1973 (some of the covers of the newsletters include cover art by noted "pin-up" artists George Petty, Jon Whitcomb, Pete Hawley, and Rene Gruau); Intra-Views (company newspaper); and clothing and swimwear catalogues for women, juniors, and men, 1972-1977.

Series 3: COMPANY HISTORY, 1921, 1923-32, 1973, includes photocopies of various company histories written by John A. Zehntbauer; a photocopy of a patent; and an annual report for 1973 (many volumes of Jantzen Yarns [Series 2] have annual reports as an issue).

Series 4: PHOTOGRAPHS, ca. 1920s/30s, consists of a group of photos (originally from an album) showing the main office building, warehouses, and photographs of groups of employees at work or in posed groups.

Series 5: AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS, 1951, 1976, undated, is divided into two subseries. Subseries 5.1: Films, circa 1951, undated, consists of four films produced for store buyers and sales representatives. Subseries 5.2: Slide Presentation Materials, 1976, includes slides, script, and audiocassette for an in-plant presentation on the Misses Fall 1976 line of Jantzen clothing.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into five series.

Series 1: Sample Catalogues, 1974-1976

Series 2: Publications, 1925-1977

Series 3: Ccompany History, 1921, 1923-32, 1973

Series 4: Photographs, circa. 1920s-1930s

Series 5: Audiovisual Materials, 1951, 1976, undated

Subseries 5.1: Films, 1951

Subseries 5.2: Slide Presentation Materials, 1976
Biographical / Historical:
Known primarily for its swimsuits, the Jantzen Knitting Mills are located in Portland, OR. John A. Zehntbauer and Carl C. Jantzen founded the company in 1910. It was then called the Portland Knitting Co. and consisted of a retail store and "a few knitting machines on the second floor" where heavy sweaters, woolen hosiery and other articles of clothing were manufactured.

The two partners were intent on expanding their company, especially by means of a product that would give them an edge in the highly competitive knitting industry. Fortunately, a member of a rowing club approached them one day and asked if they could make him a pair of rowing trunks "of a rib stitch." The success of this item led to the company's specialization in the manufacture of swimsuits in the elastic rib stitch. A patent for this suit was granted in 1921. Carl Jantzen's inventiveness was responsible for the development of an automated circular knitting machine, a derivative of hosiery knitting machines, with a fine needle-bed which produced the light-weight material needed for swimsuits. It also reduced the cost of knitting dramatically.

In 1916 the company first used the name Jantzen as a trademark in advertising, and in 1918 they changed the name officially to the Jantzen Knitting Mills. The name was again changed in 1954 to Jantzen Inc.

Early advertising campaigns were aimed at encouraging swimming. One of the longest used slogans was "the Suit that Changed Bathing to Swimming." An idea for a cut-out sticker of a "diving girl" in a red Jantzen suit and knitted cap was reported in a 1923 issue of Men's Wear N.Y. as "proving popular with auto-drivers--[and that] many windshields carry as many as 3 or 4 of the figure." It also became the Jantzen logo. Billboards were used extensively with artwork by George Petty and McClelland Barclay. Ads in Life and Vogue in 1921 represented the first national advertising of the bathing suits and established the product as "first class."

Before the peak year of 1930, the firm operated factories in Canada, England, and Australia, in addition to exporting to many countries in Europe, South America, and the Phillippines. After the Depression years of 1931-34, a decision was made to license companies in Europe, rather than operating there. The decision was based on the uncertainty of U.S. foreign trade regulations and on the awareness of Zehntbauer, after a trip to Europe, of the political changes taking place.

In 1936 Jantzen made one of its greatest plant investments: a new spinning mill which was considered "the most up to date dying and spinning mill in the U.S." It enabled Jantzen to experiment with different fibers instead of having to purchase them from other mills. In the same year the firm hired their first female designer.

In 1937 serious considerations of making satin latex swimsuits--which were cut and sewn--were resolved in favor of keeping the elastic knit stitch. By 1973 sales and earnings were the highest in the 63 year history. Employees numbered 4,500.

Currently, Jantzen is owned by Vanity Fair Corporation. The company also operates an archives which is limited to serious research inquiries. Some historical information may also be located on their website: http://www.jantzen.com.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Industry on Parade Film Collection (AC0507)

Contains a 1952 film about Jantzen entitled "Suited for Swimming!" which describes the manufacture of swim suits at the company's Portland, Oregon, plant.
Separated Materials:
Related collections in the Division of Home and Community Life. The collection includes bathing and swimming suits and men's, women's and children's clothing (tennis and exercise outfits, blouses, and trousers (1912-1990s). Items have been donated by Jantzen as well as private donors. Also available in the Division are samples of advertisements from the 1940s to 2000 and news articles about Jantzen.
Provenance:
Donated by Jantzen, Inc. in November 1973 and November 1978.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Topic:
Bathing suits  Search this
Clothing Manufacturers  Search this
Knitting companies (Mills)  Search this
Textile industry  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records -- 20th century
Catalogs
Photograph albums -- 20th century
Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0233
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0233
Online Media:

Misses/Juniors, Fall 1974

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection
Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 1: Sample Catalogues
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0233-ref10

Misses/Juniors, Fall 1975

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
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Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Misses/Juniors Swimwear, Spring/Summer 1976 (hard cover)

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection
Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 1: Sample Catalogues
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Misses/Juniors, Spring/Summer 1976

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
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The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection
Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 1: Sample Catalogues
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Men's, Fall 1974

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection
Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 1: Sample Catalogues
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0233-ref14

Men's, Spring 1975

Collection Creator:
Jantzen, Carl C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Collection Citation:
The Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection, 1925-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection
Jantzen Knitting Mills Collection / Series 1: Sample Catalogues
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0233-ref15

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