Jockey International collection, 1897-1935, circa 1983-1985

Jockey International


  • COLLECTION STORED, ALL or IN-PART, AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.
  • COPYRIGHT RESTRICTION: Use for publication must be cleared with Shirley Jackson, Jockey International.


  • An unpublished history of Jockey International, Kenosha, Wis., written about 1983 by Richard H. Keehn with photocopies of photographs and advertisements. The firm has roots to the company S.T. Cooper and Sons (a.k.a. Cooper Wells & Company), founded in 1876 by Samuel Cooper in St. Joseph, Mich. His sons formed the Cooper Underwear Company in Kenosha in 1900 while concurrently managing the Chicago-Rockford Hosiery Company (a.k.a. Chicago-Kenosha Hosiery Company). Introduced in 1950, the JOCKEY brief was an instant success and the company, now Coopers, Inc., again changed its name to Jockey International, Inc. in 1971. Also included in the collection are advertisements and information about J.C. Leyendecker, an illustrator who did early advertisements for the company, including those for the "Kenosha Klosed Krotch Union Suit."


  • Presented by Jockey International, Inc. via H.E. Sommer, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1986.
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