P. H. Hanes Knitting Co.,
Winston-Salem, NC
Pleasant Henderson Hanes and his brother James Gordon Hanes sold a very successful tobacco business in
the 1890s to the American Tobacco Company, organized by James B. Duke.  With the proceeds, the brothers
founded a knitwear business.  Pleasant joined with his two sons, to open P.H. Hane.  sThe P. H. Hanes
Company produced underwear and other related items.  Children's one-piece sleepers are still popular today.  
Men's T-shirts developed as undergarments and worn extensively by soldiers during World War II, became
popular outer garments.

Source:  Powell, William S., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Vol 3, H-K, Accessed June 4, 2010. Net
Left: "Merrichild Sleepers"
Life Magazine, 1947
Right: Men's "Action Shirts"
Life Magazine 1950
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Hanes Hosiery
Hanes Underwear and Tee
1947 and 1948
NC State
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