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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...
I thought it was time to have a thread dedicated to denim jackets – new or vintage (unless there is one and I missed it?). I will start with my recent eBay score. A NOS 1970’s era GWG Cowboy Kings Jacket. For those not familiar with GWG, it was a Canadian clothing company that made jeans and jackets, among other things. I used to wear GWG in the 80s. They stopped production in the early 90s. This jacket was never worn and still had the cloth inventory tag sewn on the pocket. It is very stiff denim, maybe 12 oz in weight, with a corduroy collar. Only flaw is some slight fading on one shoulder that looks like possible sun fading. These jackets are few and far between these days in my experience – especially NOS and in my size. I wish someone out there was making reproductions of GWG jeans and jackets. I have been watching eBay for about 2 years to get this and finally lucked out. Since these pictures were taken I have hand washed the jacket to get some of the 40 years of smell out of...
How do you think look rings that real men wear? I saw many examples on different powerful figures, but still cannot come up with the strong concept of what “a men ring” is. Any thoughts on the subject are very welcomed. Also do not hesitate to show what you are wearing.
Obviously everyone chooses the accessories that fit him the best. But what do you think in general? What kind of rings highlights the manliness?
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.
The last few years have seen a real increase in those who enjoy wearing and collecting caps. This thread is meant as an adjunct to the similarly titled thread for hats - so caps on, folks, let's see what you're sporting today!
I'll kick off the proceedings with one of my favorite bespoke caps by the inimitable Jonatan Cordova, which I'm wearing today. 1900's lightweight wool. Lounger Ed Wiser aptly dubbed it the Split Pea!
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:
From it's beginnings in the 1930s to it's popularity boom following WWII, to it's revival in the late 1990s, this fictionalized Island culture kitsch will not go away. I know there have been tiki related threads on the Lounge before, but lets use this as a place to share our collections of anything tiki related.
Buyer's Guide for Purchasing Your First Typewriter: A Fedora Lounge Guide.
There is something immensely satisfying in the tap-tapping of a manual typewriter, the ring of the bell, the physical act of advancing the carriage return to the next line, of watching the keys strike the page and returning as your sentences print instantly across a real page. It’s easy to get hooked. Also, typewriters are such a rarity in the text-driven world of shortened correspondence that it instantly marks you as someone who has put a little thought and personality into their writing, as someone slightly apart from the crowd.
So you’ve seen a typewriter, perhaps in an old movie or in an antiques shop, and now you want to purchase one for yourself. How do you go about it?
Good, solid, reliable typewriters can be had for around fifty bucks. But how to determine the good from the bad, the minor issue from a broken machine? Which typewriters...
At the turn of the 20th century, fur coats were the best product on the market for motoring and for activities involving prolonged exposure to wind and the elements. Fur was warm, lighter in weight than wool of a comparable warmth, and was water and wind resistant. It was also expensive.
It was also expensive, and could be fragile. Sheeplined coats took the form of the fur coats, but replaced the fur with less expensive sheepskin and added a protective layer of canvas or wool to the outside.
The Edes Robe Tanning Company was founded c.1905 by Canadian-born St. Clair Ede. The company once had locations in Dubuque, Iowa, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Omaha, Nebraska and Souix Falls, South Dakota. Their primary business was ponyskin lap robes for carriages and early open automobiles. As carriages were replaced by automobiles, and as car design became enclosed, the need for fur robes...
Post your vintage photos of leather jackets
Let's try (for the most part) to keep this more in the direction of civilian jackets, 1920s-1950s, and as much as possible to keep to higher resolution and first generation images.
(Breaking my own rule, but hey, it's a cool photo) D-1 jackets at a hamburger place. 1940s
Delhi, NY, 1940s
I've been looking at cool photos of old gas stations on another thread, and while chatting with fellow lounger Ghostsoldier I discovered that at least one other lounger besides myself digs all things roadside; gas stations, diners, drive-ins, motels, tourist traps, neon signs, you name it, so here's a thread to post pics of all that kinda cool stuff.
I'll start it off with some shots of one of my personal favorites.
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*You're operating a machine, not an appliance.
*Cars, like people, will take their own damn time getting started in the morning.
*There's a reason why "car coats" were popular.
*No matter where you go, you'll run into someone who used to own a car just like yours, except it was a different year, model, and make.
*"Suicide doors" are aptly named.
*Only an idiot drives around without a fire extinguisher in the trunk.
*That scene about changing tires in "A Christmas Story" is not an exaggeration.
*Drippings on the garage floor are just a fact of life.
*Hot-wiring is just as easy as it looks in the movies.
*"Zerk" is not a funny word.
*You aren't in as big a hurry as you think you are.
I need to lose weight. I'm also a vintage girl & thinking about writing a book set during WWII. Now I've found this:
Very curious of trying it out; like a living history diet experiment. The research I've seen point to the fact that people were almost never as healthy here as during the war years, so this, combined with walking and bicycling (which they also did, due to the petrol rationing), could be a fun way of combining research, vintage and healthier living. So eco-friendly too, since the focus would be on locally grown veggies.
I have gotten myself a bunch of cookbooks about cooking during the war and think I'll get started later this summer.
Anyone keen on joining me? It could be fun to exchange tips, recipes and encourage each other, while proving the point that we can learn a lot from the Golden Era.
What do you think?
ETA: I should've known Lizzie would already have tried this! ...
Union labels can be useful in dating vintage clothing made in the United States and in Canada. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when using them as a resource. Not all clothing makers were unionized, and not all shops which were necessarily used union tags in their products, so you will not always find one. As with any other method of dating vintage clothing, there are always quirks and exceptions which cause issues when trying to assign a precise date to a garment. There is always overlap when new batches of tags come into a tailor's. When the new 1949 ACWA union tags came into a shop, the tailor would use the rest of the roll of 1939 tags up before transitioning to the new tags. As such, sometimes earlier tags show up in later garments. There will also, almost assuredly be a number of variant tags which did not make it into this guide. Keeping this in mind, never use a union tag as the sole means of assessing the age of a garment; always use it in...
The Fedora Lounge (TFL) has proven itself over the years to be a tremendous resource for individuals looking for the very best in leather outerwear. Consumers who visit TFL concern themselves with getting the finest quality leather outerwear by diligently researching hide selection, fit, liner materials, hardware, production times, historical accuracy, etc. As the forum has grown in size and activity, we are adding another dimension by becoming a place where members can interact directly with merchants in order to get more specific information and advice. This would be an opportunity for members to get to know more about merchants who are passionate about their products, get answers to product-specific questions, get updates on newly released products, and get estimated production schedules.
With this new facet of the forum in mind, we’d like to introduce Insurrection/Thurston Bros. as our first outerwear affiliate sponsor. They have already helped many TFL members find just...
Next in the "show us your" line, I ask for French vintage suits. I'll start it off with a stonker!
This is made of the heaviest fabric I've ever encountered. Very much an overcoat weight fabric. And a very basic, but lovely pattern in a nice colourway. The trousers feature a buckle back. Typical french hook fastening to the top of the fly closure. I think this one is quite early. Early 30s? Difficult to tell without labels, but the original tailor's box looks old. From a small-ish town in the Pyrénées. From the days of single-digit telephone numbers …
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