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An original Penguin by Munsingwear.
In the 1920's, the company behind the brand was the largest
manufacturer of underwear in the world. Its slogan was "Don't say
underwear, say Munsingwear".
The company was started by George D. Munsing, who came to Minnesota
from New York in 1886 to set up a textile factory, along with Frank H.
Page and Edward O. Tuttle. Munsingwear was a Minnesota-based brand
of underwear from which Original Penguin developed. The company was
established as Northwestern Knitting Company. It also was known as
Munsing was a technologist and the company received several patents,
including those for a crocheting machine in 1891 and a union suit in the
early 1890s. The union suit was the company's flagship product until the
1920s, when central heating made it less useful.
In 1923 the company went public and changed its name to Munsingwear,
Munsignwear was purchased by Perry Ellis International.
In 1955, an ambitious salesman named Abbot Pederson traveled to NYC on
a sales trip for the Munsingwear brand. With time to kill before a flight
home, he decided to pop into a local bar for a few whiskeys. Taking a
wrong turn down a Manhattan street, he oddly enough found himself outside
a taxidermist’s shop. Deciding he needed a drinking buddy for the flight,
he bought a penguin and named him Pete. Pete was the original penguin.