Hanger Games – The cardboard trouser protector 1952

You know those cardboard covers with the sticky strips to keep trousers from sliding off, that goes over the crossbars of wire hangers? Last week a donation of a suit came on an old wire hanger that had one of these covers, but this one also had writing on it. The ‘Grippo’ with the U.S. patent # 2590738, filed in 1948 and granted on March 25, 1952.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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