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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!
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!
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 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...
HatCo Stetson Stratoliner
I took my Caribou HatCo Stetson Stratoliner & used my Hat Shaper to take it to open crown by removing the liner, spraying it with distilled water & using a steam iron with a handkerchief between the felt & the iron...
I went to a teardrop with front pinch at 4.25". The back is 3.75"
Although the Hat Shaper helps with my Long Oval noggin, it is drying on my head to help coax it to more LO contours.
Here is the hat in factory form...
The subtle changes makes it certain this hat will get worn. The box & tag say 2.5" brim but all my measurements show...
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...
*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.
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,...
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!
Well, it's 98 brutal degrees here in NY today, and we're supposedly getting more of the same tomorrow. This type of weather always gets me thinking about(and longing for) FALL! I love the fall for so many reasons: The foliage (obviously), the first chilly nights and crisp mornings. Being able to wear my "good"(read: wool/ gab) clothes! Getting home from work at 5:30 and it's already dark. New fall TV shows. Halloween! Oh I can go on forever!
Anyone else feel the same way?
Michaelson, as promised, a little show-and-tell:
During my one month holiday back in the Good 'Ole U.S. of A., I received this watch that my parents had been saving for me since the death of my Grandfather last year.
It's a Longines wristwatch, housed in white gold with four diamonds on the face. It's in perfect running order with only casual wear on the metal. Not even a scratch on the crystal. My Grandfather was a man of taste!
Michaelson, any idea on a year for this watch?
+ Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam +
Copy of post by Indy Magnoli
From Flashbak.com: http://flashbak.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-new-york-times-september-10-1942-379759/
A commenter says that the fashion photo being retouched in one shot looks like Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle. Fascinating, the clothes and the people smoking pipes at work. . . .
i used to work in a vintage clothing shop. this crop-haired girl sometimes came in. she didn't even look at the women's clothes. she went straight to the men's section and would buy trousers, shirts and sweaters. she had good taste too. and no, she wasn't fat and ugly. she was exquisitely pretty. and somehow the male clothing only accentuated that.
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.
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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