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Larger Scans from Esquire '38-'41

Discussion in 'Suits' started by Brian Sheridan, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. I have dipped into the archives to scan some of the full color plates from my vintage Esquire magazine collection. There are from 1938 to 1941 issues. I hope you enjoy. More to come. Eventually, I'd like to also scan the ads for hats, shoes, and other accouterments.



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  3. I never get tired of looking at these.
  4. Ditto. :eusa_clap

  5. thunderw21

    thunderw21 My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Awesome, one's I've never seen before. Thanks!
  6. Chasseur

    Chasseur Call Me a Cab

    These are great for inspiration! Man I need to get one of those leather binocular cases with the shoulder strap for the races (that is if I ever to go the races...).
  7. Look at the man's hat below. This image is from 1938. How many among us would have sworn that it's a 1960s hat? Plenty.

  8. I swear that the golfers (especially the one on the right) look years ahead of their time, fashion-wise! You rarely see such casual wear in pre-WWII magazines. And what kind of hat is that on the one of them? Looks like the fisherman hats that become popular towards the end of the 20th century. Impressive clothing, and so unlike the post-war, baggy Bold Look (which I do love!)!
  9. I sure would have! And the lady's dress (especially from the waist down) and shoes remind me more than a bit of the New Look which emerged after the war.
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    If there's one thing that we've learned from all these Apparel Arts and Esquire images posted throughout The Fedora Lounge, it's this: fashion history, like history in general, is tangential up close. As we delve into the nitty gritty, more and more "déjà vu" moments smack us in the face.

    Clearly, menswear changed far more from 1870 to 1939 than it has from 1940 to 2009.

  11. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    Applauding the pink shirt and specs with the suit on the right (which also has closer-together buttons than we would normally swear to for that period), and at first glance, the fellow on the left has an iPod sticking out of his pocket.

    Wonderful images.

  12. By George, it is an iPod! Marc was right: things have changed very little since 1940!;)
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    It's interesting to note that the design of the blue suit worn by the man at right was revived by Georgio Armani and others in the 1980s ... so much so, in fact, that it is now more associated with the '80s than with the '30s/'40s.

    On eBay, vintage '30s/'40s double breasted suits with 4 buttons (rather than 6) tend to sell for far less than their 6-button cousins. Sometimes, they don't receive a single bid. The reason, I think, is that they look '1980s Miami Vice' to potential buyers. Meanwhile, the old 6-button suits have retained their image of '1930s gangster' in the public's consciousness.

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  14. Thanks for all the comments. I have a few more to post. Then, I'll start to scan some of the hat, socks, watch ads.
  15. These are great! Thank you thank you thank you Brian!
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    The suit, shirt, and tie color combinations on these two are great.
    Very inspiring.
  17. cgab1

    cgab1 One of the Regulars

    Would the blue suit combined with pink shirt and two-tone spectator shoes shown on the right be for summer wear only, or could one wear it successfully in the winter as well?


  18. Kinda makes you wish Esquire Magazine was around today.
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