photograph of a room full of women at sewing machines

Women sewing, Munsingwear Corporation, Minneapolis

Women sewing, Munsingwear Corporation, Minneapolis, 1920. Photograph by C. J. Hibbard.

Photograph of a row of women at knitting machines at the Munsingwear factory

Women at knitting machines, Munsingwear Corporation, Minneapolis

Women at knitting machines, Munsingwear Corporation, Minneapolis, 1920. Photograph by C. J. Hibbard.

photograph of a woman operating a Munsingwear knitting machine

Interior views, Munsingwear Knitting Mills, Minneapolis.

Woman at Munsingwear knitting machine.

Employees of the Northwestern Knitting Company, makers of Munsingwear, grouped in front of the Mammoth Modern Model Munsingwear Mills, Lyndale and Western Avenues, Minneapolis

Employees of the Northwestern Knitting Company, makers of Munsingwear, grouped in front of the Mammoth Modern Model Munsingwear Mills, Lyndale and Western Avenues, Minneapolis, 1912.

Painting advertising Munsingwear

Munsingwear advertising 'painting'

Munsingwear advertising painting, 1914.

Munsingwear Advertisement, featuring women's underwear

Munsingwear Advertisement, featuring women's underwear, 1920s.

photograph of children on a parade float wearing Munsingwear long underwear.

Parade float in Oklahoma displaying Munsingwear union suits

Parade float in Oklahoma displaying Munsingwear union suits, c.1908.

a photograph of a union suit made by Munsingwear

Union suit

Men's full length Munsingwear union suit, 1890. The union suit is knit of a wool and cotton blend and has long sleeves, a high neck, full open front with twelve white buttons, and a back flap. The suit's knit cuffs are sewn to each sleeve and leg opening.

1897 Munsingwear advertising image showing a young girl wearing Munsingwear long underwear.

Munsingwear Advertisement from Ladies' Home Journal

Munsingwear Advertisement from Ladies' Home Journal, 1897.

MN90: Itchless Underwear

MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds

Minneapolis-based Munsingwear cornered the union suit market in the early 1900s and went on to become the largest underwear company in the world. MN90 producer Marisa Helms tells us that Munsingwear’s rise to under garment dominance all started with the invention of “itchless wool,” a revolution in its time.

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