Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from Fruit of the Loom, Inc. dating back to the 1940's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Secretary, was printed by the Central Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 8" (h).
The certificate's beautiful vignette features the iconic Fruit of the Loom logo.
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One of America’s most famous brands, this company has a long tradition of manufacturing quality products. A brief history is provided below.
1851 - Robert Knight began producing textiles by purchasing a mill in Warwick, Rhode Island.
1856 - The name "Fruit of the Loom" is adopted and labels are adhered to bolts of fabric produced by B.B. & R. Knight Corporation.
1871 - "Fruit of the Loom" is registered as a trademark in the United States Patent office (#418) one year after passage of the first trademark law by Congress.
1875 - The arrangement of three fruits -- an apple, a pear and a cluster of grapes -- is adopted for a Fruit of the Loom label.
1893 - The arrangement of the fruit in the logo as seen today, with an apple, grapes, gooseberries and a cluster of leaves, is prepared for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
1926 - Jacob Goldfarb began the Union Underwear Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Company produced only the pajama check nainsook "unionsuit".
1938 - Union Underwear Company contracted exclusive licensing rights for men's and boys' underwear on the Fruit of the Loom trademark from B.B. & R. Knight Corporation, a popular label already steeped with consumer confidence.
1975 - High visibility ads used "Fruit of the Loom Guys" to stress quality and comfort.
1976 - Fruit of the Loom Inc. purchased the 'BVD' brand for men's and boys' underwear.
1978 - The company launched Underoos® -- a line of decorated children's underwear that quickly became an important product line.
1980 - New operating headquarters opened in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
1983 - The company entered the ladies underwear market.
1985 - Fruit of the Loom was acquired by Farley, Inc.