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Hi everyone and Happy New Year.
I came across the pictured G-1 at a vintage clothing store. The store tag with price says "1970s," but the faded mouton collar tells me it's no later than 1968/69. The interior tag has no manufacturer name and the lining is maroon rather than brown like my '68 Martin Lane. I'm no leather expert, but it's in nice shape--very soft and pliable. There is no "USN" on the wind flap behind the zipper. Lots of lining tears and the knits have seen better days. It's also a small 38. Otherwise, it's a very interesting piece and I was wondering how old it is and if it's a military-issue G-1 or something else.
Thanks in advance for lending your expertise.
Anyone interested in or wearing original military watches with flight/military jackets?
I have been having a bag dilemma and decided to do something about it. Recently I put money down on a Man Purse aka. The Murse. I don't care what people say. I live in hot weather years round so I don't have access to deep jacket pockets anymore.
I need to carry :
Gum or Mints
I can't possibly fit all of this into my pockets.
I used to wear a pimped out fanny pack by Maxpedition around my shoulders. I am actually quite proud of it since I built it piece by piece and it is my own design. However it makes too strong of an impression when I am walking down the street. Especially in Tijuana where I spend half my time.
Anyway last week I ditched the Tactical Pack for something completely different. Here is the pic. Also included are two leather mini saddle type messenger bags sold in Tijuana for $22 and a refurbished COACH in Black that I will MURSE with a more dressy look...Blazer/Travel Etc.
The local multiplex theatre closed its doors a couple of years ago (it's now a Marshall's- great improvement), leading to the restoration of the 30's movie palace downtown. It also considerably increased business at the nearest multiplex 25 miles away.
THAT place, a Regal Cinema, has changed out all their seating. All the chairs are full-sized, fully functioning leather recliners. If the movie stinks, you can nap.
And now I see a place called Studio Movie Grill, which has a location in Columbus, OH. You get your ticket, have a seat, and they bring you food and cocktails while you watch the movie.
Are you seeing changes in the way theatres are trying to bring in customers?
Well I had a gig at Throttle Roll in Marrickville on Sunday afternoon, a huge bike show with lots of British bikes and custom jobs. Some neat Triumphs and Nortons there, not enough BSAs, Ariels or Matchless models to be seen though. Anyway, I lobbed out the old Aero for the day, it's like a second skin (of armour) after 11 years of adventures in Australia and across Europe and the UK.
It sure came in handy when the cool evening air kicked off after about 4pm. Gotta love that alpaca lining!
This topic has come up a couple of times, mainly in the context of other discussions, but it would be really helpful to know if anyone had any solid advice on how to wear a tie with a double collar. The collar I'm talking about is the Darcy Clothing Double Round Stiff Collar http://www.darcyclothing.com/shop/collars/double-round-stiff-collar-co120.html and once the tie is knotted, I can't adjust it - it simply won't move at all. The one bit of advice I've seen is to add a bit of talcum powder, which I'm hoping to try as soon as possible. Any other solid tips very welcome!
Not sure if you saw this yet (saw it first on Facebook) but at long last you can now own a copy of Rick's trench coat, and for only $1,445.00 (LOL!)! Check this out:
In the 30s and 40s, in addition to the Hayes Code, filmmakers were kept in line by the Catholic Legion of Decency, which could mark a picture with a "C" rating for Condemned.
A story from NPR:
well its new years eve and I am feeling somewhat nostalgic (and old)...
I will go first - it was December in 1981 and i went into the Walter Dyer shop on Route 9 in Framingham MA ( the building still stands as of today). A cramped, fantastic place full of the smells you would expect in a leather shop. He had two signature products: moccasins and a collarless, three pocket M/C jacket.
my buddy and I went in to purchase M/C jackets. Mr Walter Dyer himself was there - a great big, grey bearded santa claus looking fellow... after some talk about what we wanted, he sized me up and said "you look like a pretty big kid - if you can beat me arm wrestling, I will take 50 bucks off the jacket price..."
I would like to tell you a tale of a titanic battle followed that seemed to last forever... a struggle that left us bruised and bloody... a battle that ended in a tie...
nope - I left the store with a new jacket at a discounted price. A few months later, I enlisted in the US Army and was...
I had to put this here as I am not seeing it from anyone yet....so..
Merry Christmas all my fellow loungers! What a year! May we all be blessed by our faith, love, and each other.
From both myself and my Husband, Daniel, we wish the best for everyone and have a prayer and some Christmas Cheer for one and all!
I've just finished the novel on which the film is based, The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith. The author used a pseudonym when the book was published in 1952, as the book's storyline was controversial. Highsmith had already been labeled, to her dismay, a "mystery" writer (she is also author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, among many others), and didn't care to be pigeonholed further as an author of "lesbian" books.
It looks like the movie will be filled with great costumes, sets, etc., and is being praised by critics. Cate Blanchett is said to be a sure thing come Oscar night for her portrayal of the title character.
It is the story of a young woman who by chance meets a beautiful older woman and is thunderstruck by her own instant attraction. The relationship between Carol and Therese has implications for everyone around them. It is a love story, and Highsmith is an excellent author and storyteller.
The tale is set in New York,...
Since actual time travel is not possible yet, whats the closest thing you can do to get a feeling of what it must have been like back then?
here are a few things I can think of that kind of make me get the feeling of going back in time:
1. Old photos, old movies, it's a true a picture is worth a thousand words, even old paintings or drawings, but actual photos really capture the moment and memories can last a lifetime.
2. listening to old radio or news casts from the golden era
3. collecting historical artifacts and holding them and feeling the history, it's like owing a piece of history
4. revisiting old historic places, old buildings, old childhood home or places you havent been to in years will bring back old memories, family trips you use to go a long time ago.
5. thinking about the foods your grandma or parents use to make, or trying to recreate the same foods from old family recipes.
6. Living history, actually dressing up in the clothing styles or...
One of the most common questions I get, right after, "how did you get into all this?", is "where do you find all your stuff?". It's one of those questions that can be hard to answer. "Oh, you know, here and there" usually suffices and avoids the long story. But the truth is, I drive a lot.
This weekend was a casual overnight excursion to Billings, Montana. For those of you not familiar with the area, the drive from Bozeman to Billings is just under 150 miles, and usually I make it as a day trip. So that's a 300 mile round trip, hours on the road and a tank of gas, for the hope that maybe, just maybe, there will be some old ties or a couple of vintage hats waiting to be found. There are no guarantees in this business.
But I've had good luck in Billings in the past. There are a number of antique shops, thrift stores, secondhand stores and the like, and I usually get lucky at at least one or two. This past weekend, one of the larger antique malls was having an outdoor antique fair,...
Although there are fora that focus specifically on vintage watches, those fora usually concentrate on discussing model identification and other questions related to watches viewed mostly in isolation, or by comparing similar models for the purpose of identification.
I thought I'd post an overview of vintage watch designs of the period from the late 20s, when wristwatch production was finally approaching a consistently high quality standard, until WWII, after which the designs slowly began a transition into new aesthetics, at first becoming more fancy and slightly bulkier, in accordance with the fashions of the late 40s and early 50s, then by the late 50s adopting a newer, cleaner look with round cases, in basic designs that had been slowly adopted from WWII military watches.
The period of the late 20s to WWII stands out as being relatively cohesive in terms of design, and it exemplifies the aesthetics of 1930s fashions beautifully. I'm going to illustrate the differences in design...
Just received this Bronson A-1 jacket. Bronson is one of the Chinese brands that does repros workwear and military clothings often copies of the Japanese brands. This A-1 according to the manufacturer is made of Goatskin. It is seal colour with olive knits. I paid around USD200 including shipping. The leather smells like new car leather upholstery and those unknown mall jackets. Leather is thicker and more rigid than the Eastman A-1 Capeskin. In fact, the leather feels soft to the touch but feels rigid when you wear it (not yet broken in I guess). Also available is a steerhide version which according to their photos look like deep reddish brown with rust knits.
The stitching is acceptable except for the one place shown in the last photo. Knits are quite thick though I do not know if they are pure wool or not. IMO, it looks quite good until you get close enough to examine the leather etc.
Having grown up in the fifties, I remember well those neon signs and it always takes me back to my early years, whenever I see them.
This one is in Marysville, CA:
This one always makes me smile, because it may have been "modern" in the thirties, but now it's vintage:
in the California bay area (Palo Alto, I think):
Sonora, CA. I get a laugh out of a bar that sells guns and ammo:
a theater in Coos Bay, OR:
In Rio Vista, CA:
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