In 1946, Clifford Franklin Allen purchased Salt Lake Costume which had been in business since 1889. Together with his family, Clifford took the company to new heights, assembling over 20,000 rental costumes, as well as establishing the Salt Lake Costume as the primary supplier of Halloween and novelty items in the state.
In the 1950s, Salt Lake Costume began producing “Parade Heads.” These oversized costume heads were widely used in parades of the time, and would later influence mascot concepts and techniques.
In the 1960s, high schools and colleges began to realize the advantages of using a costumed character for a mascot, and Salt Lake Costume began creating mascot costumes.
In 1961, a subsidiary of Salt Lake Costume was created, which was called Alinco Display & Associated Arts. Within this division, Salt Lake Costume began to focus on the production of mascot costumes.
In 1963, at the age of 16, Clifford Allen's son, Terry, created his first mascot head and began developing the skills and techniques that would later become the foundation of Alinco Costumes.
In 1974, KGB Radio, a San Diego based rock and roll station, asked Salt Lake Costume to create a chicken costume for promotional use. The suit was worn by Ted Giannoulas, who went on to create The Famous Chicken, also commonly known as The San Diego Chicken.
In 1977, Terry Allen, with his wife Lowla, purchased the Alinco division of Salt Lake Costume and created Alinco Costumes. With only two sewing machines, an assortment of molds and techniques, and the Alinco name, they created what would become the world's largest manufacturer of mascot costumes.
Since 1977, Alinco Costumes has created numerous mascots for clients such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Seattle Seahawks, Ask Jeeves, Nestle, Disney, the Phoenix Suns, the Chicago Bulls, and over 50% of the teams in the NBA. Alinco's mascot costumes have appeared in commercials and movies, such as Disney's “Go Figure,” “Big Momma's House 2, Disney's “The Cinderella Story,” “Dumb and Dumberer,” and “Any Given Sunday.”
From the early oversized characters to the acrobatic performance mascots of today, Alinco Costumes has been an integral part of the history and development of mascots. about what makes an Alinco Character Different
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