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Vintage 1940s Weldon Rayon Men’s Pajamas w/Surrealist-Inspired Print M
Vintage late 40s Weldon "Sleep-form" men's pajamas in silky rayon feature a surrealist-inspired print of floral-patterned squares on a grid of twining roots. The standout novelty print and vibrant colors (coral, black, and white) are worthy of a Bold Look era necktie, and the top could certainly be worn on its own as a sport shirt.
Made with a convertible collar (photo #2), notched lapels and patch pockets over either hip; Weldon ads from the 30s and 40s referred to this type of pajama top as a tailored "coat " style. It closes with shell buttons—3 larger ones down the front, and a small one under the collar on the right side. The sleeves and pajama trousers are both "cuffed" with bands of fabric.
The pajama bottoms close with 2 shell buttons as well as a Lastex drawstring, which Weldon trade named its "Wonderbelt".
Weldon became a major manufacturer of men's sleepwear in the 30s, and by the early 40s was offering pajama bottoms with Lastex belts or drawstrings (patented in 1931, Lastex was used primarily in swimwear and undergarments in the 30s and 40s). The pajama top is labelled "Certified Weldon Sleep-form" and the bottoms are labelled "Weldon Lastex Wonderbelt".
Both pieces are tagged a size "A". Exact measurements are: Top chest 42", shoulders 16.5", sleeves 23", and length 28"; bottom waist to 36", inseam 26", and length 38".
Very good condition, clean, brightly colored, and sturdy, with three frayed spots on the top: 1" along the edge of the collar on the left (see photo #6), and ½" at the back of the collar (photo #7), and a ¼" spot on the hem in front on the right.
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Gender: Male, Age Group: Adult, Color: coral, black, white, Size: M
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