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1920's LVRR Original Stifel Wabash Fabric

1920’s LVRR Original Stifel Wabash Fabric

The Lehigh Valley Railroad (reporting mark LV) was one of a number of railroads built in the northeastern United States primarily to haul anthracite coal. The railroad was authorized on April 21, 1846, for freight and transportation of passengers, goods, wares, merchandise and minerals[1] in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and the railroad was incorporated/established on September 20, 1847, as the Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad Company. On January 7, 1853, the railroad’s name was changed to Lehigh Valley Railroad.[2] It was sometimes known as the Route of the Black Diamond, named after the anthracite it transported. At the time, anthracite was transported by boat down the Lehigh River; the railroad was meant to be faster transportation. The railroad ended operations in 1976 and merged into Conrail along with several northeastern railroads that same year.

 The Lehigh Valley Railroad Trainmen HIGH GRADE US STANDARD Jacket originates from the only known example of an original 1920’s fabric produced by Stifel.  This fabric was produced specifically for the Lehigh Valley Railroad to be used as uniforms for their Trainmen.  I had this fabric for a couple of years and I was really in love with it.  Initially, my idea was to produce a couple of jackets out of the original fabric only.  Recreating the fabric and offering it to more than two people seemed like a good idea.  At this point, I started to go through my collection and select items that I felt needed to be made again. The Battle Mountain Henley comes from an 1880’s shirt found in a mine in the American West. The original shirt was very unusual in both design and fabric. Most henleys from this period were made with wool, This particular shirt was constructed with knit cotton and featured sateen cotton cuffs and neck which was highly uncommon.  Combined with the distinct blue stripes and unorthodox neck/shoulder buttoned opening, I could not resist making this shirt. One strong motivator for me personally is to be able to wear some of these re-creations as many of the originals do not fit me.  I hope to find an audience of both purist vintage aficionados who understand how true to form my garments are as well as those who simply recognize the quality of construction, fabric and appreciate the styles. I personally do not dress as if I just walked out of a mining camp in 1880’s Nevada, but I do like mixing a piece of historic American workwear with a more contemporary pair of jeans and some canvas tennis shoes.






1920’s LVRR Original Stifel Wabash Fabric