Sunday, September 29, 2013
I got a 1937 dated Talon order sheet the other day with their lineup of zipper designs.
Some interesting bits from the form:
As discussed in the previous post, the separable bottomed zipper was introduced by Hookless/Talon in 1930. It has a folded metal stop-box to mesh the two ends, flanked by reinforcing grommets. From what I've seen and read, I had assumed that the deco/sunburst style stopbox replaced the grommet style. Jackets with the grommet style regularly go for way more than their "deco" zippered brothers. But then here I get this order form, and the two are shown side by side. So, a grommet zip does not assure an early 1930s date of manufacture.
Style 101 (above): "In Rainbow Colors: with Automatic lock. For sweaters and lightweight coat type garments that come apart completely." You sometimes see this style zipper with a brown painted stop box on WWII flight jackets. I have a ski jacket made in this same timeframe that has a green zipper of this design- green tape, green painted teeth, stop box and pull.
Style 102 (below): "With Automatic Lock. For wind breakers, jackets, and coat-type garments that come apart completely at both ends."
The order form includes a number of other zip styles available in that year. Below are the pull styles available.
Style 111: In rainbow colors. Specifically designed for skirt plackets. Reinforced cross tape at bottom takes up excess strain when skirt is pulled down off the hips.
Style 112: In rainbow colors. Specifically designed for dress plackets. Seam guard at top guarantees a free smooth opening and closing.
Style 106: Spectra - Light Weight, non-metal. Gives brilliant color contrast wherever used.
Style 107: With Automatic Lock - For all types of corsets and girdles
Style 108: In Rainbow Colors. With Automatic Lock. For lingerie, children's clothing and neck openings of dresses.
Style 103: With Automatic Lock: For neck openings of lightweight dresses, blouses, etc.
Style 105: With Automatic Lock. For heavy clothing, snow suits, luggage, etc.
Style 110: Pin Lock, for lightweight materials with small openings
Style 109: Pin Lock. For heavy materials with small openings.