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Do you suppose there are people who won't buy something if it displays a "union-made" label?
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Testing the image function again with this Big Yank matchbook I just got:



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Thanks to Sansome for pointing me in the right direction; ended up finding these: The Stronghold ads, all from May-June 1920 in the LA Herald:

















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Nice find IH- been doing some spring cleaning, I came across the research my father-in-law did on union labels.
I’ll post that later.
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"Stronghold" is a brand I've never heard of. Interesting advertisements. I guess breeches were the thing to wear in the great outdoors at one time. I've owned a couple of pair of cotton khaki breeches but they were way too tight in the knees and calves, especially on my left leg. That's because I used to drive a vehicle with a very heavy clutch peddle. One writer ages ago referred to "walking breeches."
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Originally posted by BlueTrain BlueTrain wrote:


"Stronghold" is a brand I've never heard of. Interesting advertisements. I guess breeches were the thing to wear in the great outdoors at one time. I've owned a couple of pair of cotton khaki breeches but they were way too tight in the knees and calves, especially on my left leg. That's because I used to drive a vehicle with a very heavy clutch peddle. One writer ages ago referred to "walking breeches."



So your left leg was always working out- bigger muscle from the heavy/stiff clutch pedal- I remember the arms getting a
Workout from not having- no power steering- my uncle actually broke his arm with his dodge power wagon, 10 years back.
Stronghold was super common come the turn of the century through the 30’s
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Yep, the Stronghold was an LA-based makes of overalls and other work clothing.

They were revived but their new stuff isn’t the same; they have history page here though:

https://thestronghold.com/pages/a-brief-history-of-the-stronghold

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Yeah. I remember going to their store maybe 15 years ago. Didn't care for their stuff. All of the pants were low rise & after looking at that link it appears things have stayed the same. Kinda surprised they're still going. 
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Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

Yeah. I remember going to their store maybe 15 years ago. Didn't care for their stuff. All of the pants were low rise & after looking at that link it appears things have stayed the same. Kinda surprised they're still going. 



Stronghold (the original) has so many simple straight forward items, not sure why this wasn't utilized
as a base for the brand, then wonder off with all the other stuff, I run into the owner at the Rose Bowl- don't want to say too much...just some original designs would at least make me interested in the brand.
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