Underwear Manufacturers: P H Hanes Knitting Company

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The P.H. Hanes Knitting Company was one of the principal makers of men and boys' union suits. The Hanes Knitting Company was located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but the Hanes brand was widely advertised all over America and sold in most local shops and department stores. We are unsure when the company was founded, but we note magazine adverts in the 1920s. One of the first is a 1922 ad in Good Housekeeping. We note more ads in the 1930s. The principal underwear companies in America by the late 20th century were Haines and Fruit of the Loom. Hanes has been given considerable visibility as a result of television ads featuring basketball star Michael Jordan.


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