Designer Mrs. Helen Cookman American
Textile manufactured by Reeves Brothers Inc.

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American designer Helen Cookman is remembered for integrating traditional masculine styles into womenswear. A testimony to this fact, she has been credited for the revival of the Chesterfield coat for women. After designing the American Red Cross Nurse's Aides uniforms during World War II, Cookman began industrial uniform design, working with fabrics produced by Reeves Brothers, Inc. Founded in 1920, Reeves specialized in engineered fabrics to be used for the aerospace, automotive, military and industrial markets. In 1948, the company partnered with Cookman to design eleven different worker's uniforms.

The gas station attendant's uniform is well executed and extremely functional in design. The below pockets offer additional space for necessary tools or equipment the attendant might need to carry, while the high collar protects against the elements. The three hats serve different purposes, depending on the job as well as the weather. Additionally, the sleeves are hemmed and close with a snap, allowing the wearer to move freely while working.

Uniform, Mrs. Helen Cookman (American, 1894–1973), cotton, American

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