Mens Vintage Underwear: Your Daddy’s Thermal Long Johns

Let’s continue blogging about mens vintage underwear. This time, let’s focus on your granddaddy’s (or daddy’s) long johns underwear from as far back as the 1920s to the mid-70s.

Which of these vintage thermal long johns would you buy and wear (or give as a gift this coming boxing day)? Which of them should be resurrected and made available? And which of these would you not touch with a ten-feet pole? Tell us in the comments.

So let’s check out these nine mens vintage thermal long johns from your daddy’s or granddaddy’s time! First in our list is Hanes long johns underwear! We’re putting it first because Hanes, unlike some of the brands below, is still very much alive.

mens vintage underwear - 1920s hanes long johns

Duofold claims that its mens long johns underwear is “no freeze, no itch, and no sweat”. Aren’t those all we look for in our thermals? When it comes to underoos, comfort is the name of the game. You’re better of with no thermals if the one you have is itchy and makes you sweat, sweat, and sweat.

best vintage underwear - 1962 duofold thermal underwear



Sleep like a dog this winter with this long underwear by Coopers. Like Hanes above, the Coopers brand is still very alive and kicking but it now goes by a name you are very familiar with, Jockey.

best vintage underwear - mens long johns -  1941 - Keep Fit Jockey Long Johns for Men

Follow this Kwik Sew pattern to make your own long john thermals. Kwik Sew is no longer a stand alone company as it became a part of The McCall Pattern Company in 2011.

best vintage underwear - mens long johns -  kwik sew - 1980s

Balbriggans Long Johns Thermal by the Williams Brothers. We don’t know anything about this brand at all but according to vintagefashionguild.org, a balbriggan is a “knit named for the town in Ireland where it was first made, balbriggan may be cotton, wool or a blend”.

best vintage underwear - mens long johns -  Williams Brothers Balbriggans Long Johns



Fruit of the Loom long johns as advertised on the pages of the Eaton catalogue. [Want more Fruit of the Loom Underwear?]

best vintage underwear - mens long johns - eaton catalogue 1975

Cooper Underwear Long Johns. Classy awesome oil on canvas painting by JL Leyendecker advertising mens thermal underwear by Coopers.

vintage mens underwear - long johns - JL Leyendecker for Cooper Underwear Company -1915 - Oil on canvas

Munsingwear long johns. Sadly, Munsingwear is one of them brands that no longer exist.

vintage mens underwear - long johns - munsingwear



Healthknit long johns from 1947. This brand, if we are not mistaken, also went the way of the dodo.

vintage underwear for men - healthknit 1947

That’s it for now fellow, VintageFashionWatchers. Did you pick a favorite among these nine mens vintage underwear thermals? Ours would be the painted Cooper one. What about you?