1956 “Blatt” leather jacket heirloom story

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Gavin LaMay, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. Gavin LaMay

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    18FD8B7F-E78C-437D-8111-6B119FAA6AF7.jpeg B0436025-C509-4A60-BC15-51E34430FD76.jpeg EC38FCB6-7639-46D7-A8E8-CE7EFC449A8F.png image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg So Christmas Eve a couple of years ago I was looking for something in my grandfathers attic and stumbled across an ironing board stiff jacket on a hanger in the way back. Looked to be 50s so of course I was in love. I brought it down stairs and asked him about it. He said he was in the army and stationed in Colorado in 1956 when he bought the jacket. The back of the jacket reads “Johnny” as his name is John. He is going on 82 years old now and still works 45ish hours a week at his job he loves. So anyway my grandfather was about as much of a greaser as you could get. He actually was in a hot rod club and I still have the club card from 1959. He always some sort of car he messed around with such as a 1941 Plymouth or his 1957 ford fairlane. His father owned shell and Texaco service stations so he got leads on some nice cars. So he was a very small guy in the military because I weigh 155 and wear a 38 and I cannot put this jacket on after being repaired and conditioned. He was about 120 pounds in the army at around 5’7”. The jacket is horsehide and seems to be of very good quality. It’s not perfect but will look nice in a shadow box. Anyway he said “merry Christmas” and have it to me cuz he knew I was already in love with it. If anyone has information. On blatt and their jackets please let me know. I’ll include some 50s pictures of my grandfather and some pictures of the jacket. Hope the story was a good one. Keep collecting!
     

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  2. Gavin LaMay

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    My grandfather is on the right of each picture
     
  3. regius

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    perfect timing, fantastic story first of all, always good to hear such stories. My question is, where did your father purchase this jacket? what type of store? was it a custom order? off the rack? did the store sell other brands? was it a "Blatt" store? I'm dying to know. :)
     
  4. Gavin LaMay

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    You see I was dying to know that too haha. But I asked him that and he couldn’t remember where he bought it but I don’t think it was custom made per say. I know the “Johnny” was painted by a girlfriend he had at the time and her name is actually in the watch pocket painted lol
     
  5. ton312

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    Very cool story and jacket. Blatt was a Chicago based company I believe. I've seen a few of their jackets bearing this label:
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  6. Gavin LaMay

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    Wow well that’s nice to know that they were at least based in Chicago. I wonder if they made only leather wear originally because the label in mine looks a little older and reads “ quality leather wear” compared to your label that reads “quality outerwear”
     
  7. regius

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    I too still have a brown horsehide Blatt flight jacket with golden mouton, with a brown, smaller, Blatt label of a standing horse
     
  8. Gavin LaMay

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    Any photos??
     
  9. lina

    lina Practically Family

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    It's really fun to come across old pics of our grandparents when they were young, and to be reminded that they had young lives too, and often were much cooler than we ever were! That's the case with my grandfather, who I only learned after his death what a real hellraiser he was in his day... Anyway, great pics.
     
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  10. Benny Holiday

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    Now this thread is cool. What a great treasure to have. My Mum was of that generation, born November 1938. If you ever want to understand the culture of the 1950s, the way people who were young at the time really felt, all you have to do is spend time talking with them and listening. If I could give you one small bit of advice Gavin, do just that with your Grandfather. Forget the characters they portray in movies like American Graffiti. Cool though those movies are, your Grandfather is the real deal. Cherish him.
     
  11. Gavin LaMay

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    He’s probably the most fun to talk to
     
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