1912 Advertisement for Dr. Denton Footed Pajamas

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, October 7, 1912:  Am in a dilemma as to what to write.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share an old advertisement for Dr. Denton Footed Pajamas that I found in the September, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal:

Hundred Year Old Dr. Denton AdProtect Your Little Ones at Night with the Improved Dr. Denton Sleeping Garments

and secure unbroken sleep for yourself.

The Dr. Denton Garments cover body, feet and hands. Feet are part of the Garment. Hands are covered by cuffs that turn down and close with draw-string. Made from our Elastic, Knit, Mixed Cotton and Wool Fabric, specially devised to give most healthful sleep. The knit fabric carries off perspiration, maintaining even warmth if bed covers are thrown off. Prevent cold which often leads to pneumonia and other dangerous ailments. Made in eleven Sizes for children up to ten years old. Prices, 50¢ to $1.10, according to size and style.

Soft and Durable.     Do Not Shrink.

Write for booklet giving Dr. Mary Wood Allen’s practical ideas on “Healthful Sleep for Children.” Be sure you get genuine Dr. Denton Garments. Our trade mark, shown above, is attached to each garment. If you cannot get them of your dealer, write us and we will see that you are supplied.

Dr. Denton Sleeping Garment Mills

500 Dean Street, Centreville, Michigan

Did Grandma’s 7-year-old brother Jimmie wore Dr. Denton Sleeping Garments?

9 thoughts on “1912 Advertisement for Dr. Denton Footed Pajamas

  1. I remember wearing those too. How old was Jimmie by now? I’m wondering why your Grandma was in a dilema over what to write. What were the choices? Why did she write about none of them?

  2. Oh man….they didn’t mention the drop seat in the back. I wore Dr. Dentons when I was little. They were still making them in the early 1950’s. Maybe they just called all footie jammies Dr. Dentons then but mine had drop seats. I always had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and still do. I remember not being able to snap them back up so I was always teased about my Dr Dentons hanging open in the morning because mom left my underpants off to make it easier on me.
    We had a coal furnance and the house got real cold in the winter at night. By the time I reached school age I had figured out how to unsnap the front quickly or got strong enough to rip open the front and just pulled them off. After she started finding me without them in the bed she got me some nighties.

  3. This takes me back – when my son was born in 1975 I bought Dr. Denton footed pajamas in a local department store. By the time my daughter was born in 1981 I couldn’t find them anywhere!

  4. I have never heard of Dr Denton’s footed pajamas before, but in Australia we had (and probably still have) Bond’s Wondersuit’s which are the same design as these. I had them for all of my children and imagine they are still around. I haven’t been in the baby wear department for some years now though. 🙂

  5. I worked at Dr Dentons my first job out of high school,I stamped the feet out on a cutting press then up to a cutter of the p j s material.I was in Centerville a couple of years ago found it had been shut down ,sorry about that. I really appreciated that $1.25 an hour

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