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Finally, proof that Sarnia has produced something besides pollution.  LOL
 
Buler, I am loving all of this engineer cheesecake.  It's sort of like the railroad version of baseball cards.
 
Right now, I'm all about Ed Stoll and his continent-straddling, eternally striped stance.  Go Ed!
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Did men used to be bigger than they are now or were they just more willing to use "stout" men in advertising?
 
And is anything union made now?
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During the depression, if you were round it meant you were wealthy! Not so anymore.

A small portion of Carhartt's US-made line is made by UFCW union labor, but you have to actually check the labels.

I think that all of their bib overalls are made in Mexico now.
I make things out of leather.
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I love that that one well-nourished fellow (the one whose kids got in on the action) became something of a Headlight super-model.

It also seems that their height may have played a role in the apparent chunkiness.   

According to a 1959 study I found (https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/IND43861419/PDF), the average height of U.S. soldiers in 1917-1918 was 67.5 inches or 5.62 feet (171.45 cm), with a median weight of 147-151 lbs (67-68 kg).

"The shortest men came from the New England and Middle Atlantic States, where many of the newest immigrants had settled. Average heights of the men in those States were 66.4 to 67.3 inches." Because they had been settled in the U.S. longer, men from the Ozarks and North Carolina were comparative giants at 68.8 and 68.7 inches, respectively. Takes a while for the improved nutrition to show up in the immigrant generation's offspring.

Thus, the U.S. Army that fought in WWI was compact because it was built on recent European immigrants and first generation Americans.

And then back home with the soldiers comes the Spanish Flu, followed by a nice helping of recession as the twenties closed out. Good idea to pack a little extra "heft" to deal with that kind of nastiness.

I'm chewing worriedly on a deep-fried doughnut as I type this.   

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I happened to notice in the first post that one engineer said he wore his Headlight Overalls working an average of twelve-hour days as a railroad engineer. And they were all proud union men, too!
 
Concerning how small the soldiers were in WWI, remember that they were probably mostly all men in their early 20s. That wouldn't mean they were shorter on that account but definitely thinner. But most of the men in all these wonderful advertisements look to be rather older than that, some apparently past 50. I wonder if any looked forward to retirement?
 
One on-like retailer, All Seasons Uniforms, still lists many items made in the U.S., but that doesn't seem to include Carhartt anymore. There are certainly poorly made work clothes out there but where something is made is not a good indicator of quality. Besides, if it isn't made where you live, it's imported.
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