In the 1920's A. Rifkin & Co. began to use a new style of embroidered designs (like those illustrated) were permanent for the life of the garment and popular with customers like H.J. Heinz Co., Cambell's Soup Co., Hershey Ice Cream, Breyer's Ice Cream, Gulf, Sunoco, Amoco, and DuPont.

Full Page advertising for Rifkin-Alls in a 1923 Wilkes-Barre newspaper.

In 1922, Jack Rifkin received a patent for a special manufacturing design for the work garment known as a "cover- all." In this early era of auto manufacturing, cars required a great deal of "side of the road" maintenance during their journeys. Auto owners regularly carried coveralls to protect their clothing during these maintenance stops. The Rifkin garments were made with a special shoulder opening which made it considerably easier to put on or remove the garment. This special feature quickly became very popular, and the "Rifkin-All" as the garment was called, was established as a trademark well-known throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

The company incorporated a new style embroidery machine into the manufacturing operation during this era. This "state-of-the-art" technology allowed A. Rifkin & Co. to apply a special identifying name or design to the work clothing which the company made. It had the effect of making the "Rifkin-All" into a uniform for the workers. These bright embroidered designs were available in many colors and sizes and were permanent for the life of the garment. This was an important feature to many of the top companies who were customers and prospective customers for work clothing.

By 1926, the sales emphasis had shifted. So strongly to the work clothing line that Will, Dave and Jack decided to give up the dry goods portion of the business. At that time each of the brothers took on responsibility for a specialized area of the business, with Dave in charge of sales, Will taking on the office and Jack in charge of the factory.

They developed a strong customer base as they built the work clothing business. Soon they were selling to many of the major food companies, gasoline service-station companies and chemical companies within a 300-mile area, including H.J. Heinz Co., Campbells Soup Co., Hershey Ice Cream, Breyer's Ice Cream, Gulf, Sunoco, Amoco, and DuPont. They worked hard and maintained this business even during the depression years of the 1930's.

The "Bank Holiday" declared by President Franklin Roosevelt, when all banks were closed to check their financial stability, created a special need for banks. In 1933, the Wyoming National Bank of Wilkes-Barre asked Will Rifkin if they could buy some zipper bags to satisfy this special need. Local merchants felt their money would be best protected inside these closed banks, and the banks needed a container to package these "night deposits." In answer to this request, A. Rifkin & Co. manufactured a zipper bag, secured with a padlock, which was the accepted standard for locking bags at the time.

This order, however, served as inspiration for Jack Rifkin who went to work to develop a new type of zipper locking device which became known as the Arcolock. Later in 1933, Jack applied for a patent for this innovative concept. The Rifkin brothers then took the lock design to Yale and Towne Manufacturing Company, America’s leading lock manufacturer of that time, where together they developed the first model of the Arcolock.

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