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Item 1037 - John Dillinger Clothing Fabric Swatch Catalog 566 (Sep 2019)

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A 2.5 x 2 swatch of off-white fabric attributed to John Dillinger's pants by a contemporary tag tied to one corner: "[Piece] of John Dillingers Pants taken from body the night he was killed. T.W.K." In very good condition, with a chipped corner to one corner of the tag (the word "Piece" is preserved on an older photocopy of the tag, but the piece is no longer present). Accompanied by a typed letter from Joe M. Pinkston, proprietor of The John Dillinger Museum in Nashville, Indiana, contemplating the swatch, in part: "It is not from the trousers or pockets which are intact. It may well be from the undergarments. The shorts were 'Hanes' (sic) according to the F.B.I…white in color with blue stripes, size 34. The socks were black and the shirt was Kenilworth brand, white broadcloth." From the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts.

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