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An comprehensive blog article about the Arrow Collar Man and its illustrator Joseph C. The Arrow Collar Man was such a huge marketing sensation that many women thought he was real.
The book by Carolyn Kitch states, “Cluett, Peabody & Company, the firm that made Arrow Collars, received on average of 17,000 letters per month from women writing to the Arrow Collar Man, some of them proposing marriage.” In contrast, by James Gifford takes note of Leyendecker’s indifference to women in his Arrow Collar Man illustrations, thereby making them the “first American representations of gay sensibility to gain wide distribution.” A history of the Arrow brand can be downloaded from the website American’s Greatest Brands: article, “Detachable Collar & Tunic Shirt,” from the Morning Dress Guide website.
The cabinet card was made by using the same steps for creating CDVs, still exhibiting the sepia look.
However, the cabinet card's image area was more than double the CDV. While it was a bigger image than the CDV, it did not offer much of a quality difference until the mid-1880s.
Working Women of Collar City: Gender, Class and Community in Troy, 1864-86 by Carole Turbin Troy: A Collar City History by Don Rittner Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library.
“Woman Worker Making Arrow Collars, United States, 1906.” New York Public Library Digital Collections.
We would recommend that photocopies be made from a copy photograph of the original to send those people you wish to contact for an opinion.
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However, the fashion can still be seen today in the winged collars of British barristers and on rare occasion on the pupils of Eton College.