|WWII era Brown's Beach Jacket promo poster|
|Various 1940's Brown's Beach Jacket & Vest dealer promos|
|1936 Brown's Beach Jacket print ad|
|1940s Brown's Beach Jacket dealer promo|
|1941 Brown's Beach Jacket Holiday ad|
|1955 Brown's Beach Play 'n Sport SHORTS print ad|
|1951 Brown's Beach Cloth BOOT SOX print ad|
|WWII era Brown's Beach Jacket print ad|
|Early full color Brown's Beach Jacket print ad. A variation of this ad can be seen in our 2010 post here|
|Letter from Brown's Beach Jacket Founder and President Samuel W. Brown to dealers|
Most of the dozen or so Brown's Beach Jackets and Vests that we have sold, traded or that currently reside in the VINTAGE WORKWEAR.COM collection have had the interior label that included the Worcester, Mass. manufacturing location, or no location listed on the label. One exception to this norm was one of the very first Brown's Beach Jackets I owned and this jacket had the less common Woonsocket RI label. Various Brown's Beach Jacket and Vest print ads from our archive that have been shared via this blog have also referred to the 35 Chandler, Worcester, Mass. location. One Brown's Beach Jacket ad previously shared does reference the 128 Singleton St. Woonsocket Rhode Island address.
To make things more interesting, a deadstock 3 pocket model currently residing in our collection sports a label that looks to be of more recent design and includes a Norfolk, Mass. address and can be seen here. The original hang tags that reside with this garment and a deadstock Surcoat model with zipper front closure include the WPL number 4416.
WPL numbers were issued from 1941 through 1959 under the Wool Products Labeling Act. WPL numbers begin at 00101 and end at 13669. This does not mean that the garment was produced in that time span, only that the number was issued to the company during that time.
Look for more history and information on this legendary company and their products to follow.