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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Men's Clothing ➔ Shirt

This white dress shirt is made of cotton and has a starched spread collar as well as a starched pleated bib on the center front. The french cuffs are also starched and the shirt opens down the center front. There is an interior maker label that reads "Van Heusen, Sanforized". 
circa 1920 – 1930
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Gift Of Mrs. Theodore Bender

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (September 1 2015 – January 1 2016)
Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation. Created by the National Constitution Center, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is the first comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this world-premiere exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life. American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. GRPM's collection was featured in various venues across the United States and additional feature items were shown at the GRPM venue.

Fashion + Nature (April 2022 – April 2024)
Fashion + Nature examines the relationships between the natural world and the fashion industry. Clothing has long been produced with natural materials and inspired by the beauty and diversity of the natural world, but the fashion industry has had a largely negative impact on the environment. This exhibit showcases a wide variety of captivating scientific specimens and fascinating garments, to illustrate their relationship to each other and their interconnected histories. Fashion + Nature aims to inspire and educate visitors, encouraging us to become better consumers and reduce the harmful impacts of the fashion industry.
Van Heusen
The Van Heusen story began in 1881 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Moses Phillips and his son Isaac began by selling shirts, hand sewn by Moses' wife and daughters, to local miners. 
Almost 30 years later, John Manning Van Heusen was granted a patent for a new process he created that fused cloth on a curve. Isaac Phillips bought the patent and the Phillips-Van Heusen alliance was born.

As of 2018, Van Heusen is still in business. 

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Marion Gavett Bender
Marion Gavett Bender was born in 1905 to Blaine and Josephine Gavett. She was married to Theodore K. Bender and together they had two children, Charles II in 1929 and Virginia in 1932. She passed away in 1999 and is buried in Oakhill Cemetary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
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Grand Rapids
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