Here's a historical question for the leather jacket experts. My interest was picqued by Baron Kurtz's beautiful mandarin-collar A-2-type jacket that he had for sale a little while ago. And then I realized that I couldn't, with any certainly, claim to have seen a single other British leather jacket that dated from before what might be called the Rocker Era, ie. mid-1950s. I'm sure we did wear leather jackets and coats before Gene Vincent came along - they were common over on the Continent, after all - but what did they look like? What were they made of? Who wore them? I'm fascinated to learn more. Anyone have any insights?