Slice of Life: Collars for Sale

As a kid I watched a lot of old black-and-white television.  One thing I never understood was how they would talk about buying a new collar for your shirt.  It may seem foreign to us today, but I guess at one time collars were optional equipment on new shirts.   I wonder if sensitivity to the cleanliness of one’s collar is what gave rise to the “ring around the collar” advertisements I remember so well.

Regardless, the fading advertisement on this building in the South Loop is proof that at one time, indeed, men purchased collars and shirts as distinct items.

Author: Editor

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