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People often ask me how I know about the age of items, and, it can be hard to answer because to me so much of it is obvious and subconscious.

While in the Salvation Army the other day, however, I explained to two teenage girls looking through records what "LP" stood for, and, what a "45" is.

Clothing from the 1970's often has very inexpensive looking labels.

There are many clues you will need to use to determine the age of a garment.

The style, the cut, the fabric used and even the way it is constructed are all very important details to begin to look for and understand.

This was a bit of a wake up call as to how old I am, I mean, the wealth of vintage knowledge that I possess.

I decided there and then to put some of that knowledge to use here.

This dress shows both a manufacturer's label and the care label inexpensively printed, not stitched.

The graphics reflect popular rounded styles of the late 1970's and the Size 18 shown is closer to a modern size 10/12.It is always a good idea to take a hard look at anything labeled with one of these fabrics to ensure stability. The name and graphics on this label, coupled with the great shirt graphics clearly say late 1960's or early 1970's. Grant Co, which went out of business in 1976, so it must date to before that time.The fact that it was made in Korea also dates it to this time. This suit label - "Bert Newman for Suitime" has equally great graphics that reflect those deco-revival styles popular in the 1970's. Vintage sizes get closer to the modern sizes as you get closer in the decades.One clue is that graphic design, on more recent labels, extends from the manufacturer right to the size tag - like the use of negative space above the size tag on the LOFT label shown above.Sizes have trended back to small, medium or large in the most recent decade.This dress - marked a size 12 fifty years ago, is a modern size 6. Manufacturers were excited about the possibilities of new synthetics, so, you see many synthetic names on 1960's tags that you did not see before or after.This iron from the 1960's has a great list of those fabrics!The union label can also be helpful, and there is a good site here with great information.Because they are easy to show, I decided to use manufacturer and store labels as my first post in this category.Woman's sizes also got much, much smaller as clothing manufacturers enticed women to buy items that made them feel good about themselves!You rarely see a dress marked a size 2, 4, or even a 6 before the 1980's.

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