Munsingwear – A Brief History

We’re easing into December this weekend with 50° temps, which is above average for Minnesota. I skipped the long underwear today, but I’ve already been wearing them for the past couple weeks. I found some great wool blend garments at Costco that have me reminiscing about George Munsing. He’s the guy who invented a way to plate silk onto wool, giving us cozy and itchless wool undergarments. The company he helped found in 1886 eventually became known as Munsingwear, and it was a big part of Minneapolis history for more than 100 years. I wrote about this history for the September 2011 issue of Tonka Times.

Click the link below if you’d like to read the story. Enjoy!

MunsingwearMunsingwear: A Brief History. Tonka Times Sept 2011

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