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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...
I know that (in the Northern Hemisphere at least), it might not be the best time to be posting about knitwear, but are there any fellow aficionados of the classic military commando sweater or 'woolly pully' (ribbed wool, patches at shoulders and elbows)?
I have been wearing them since my schooldays and now have quite a collection in terms of colours: olive green, navy, air force blue, black, rifle green. ... It would be good to obtain one of the earliest versions, which were a light khaki colour I think.
They are comfortable, breathable and durable, last for years and have a timeless quality. Do others on this site have such positive experiences of these sweaters?
Can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something about bib overalls worn with an old sports jacket (or likelier an orphaned suit jacket) that looks oddly "right" to me.
I am reminded of this by photos of one of our own so attired at the Hooverville picnic our Southern California compatriots attended a few days ago.
I assume the "look" came about organically -- a jacket that the missus decided was now worn enough to no longer be her man's Sunday best would be relegated to everyday use, which meant it was worn with other everyday attire, which, for our rural brethren, meant bib overalls. The jacket did what a jacket is supposed to do -- it kept its wearer warmer, and it had the added benefit of at least a couple of extra pockets.
I first became interested in vintage Navy peacoats while trying to replace a coat my brother-in-law had given me in about 1971 when he got out of the Navy.
Initially, I bought two of them, one at an Army Navy surplus store and one on EBay. Neither had the same outer shell finish as the original one I had liked so well.
Research showed there were no good reference sources for verifying the provenance of these fine coats.
As I researched and gained experience with the coats, I made a conscious decision to take notes and photos and to save them. This decision proved fortuitous when I found the Fedora Lounge and was able to answer questions about a coat that someone owned or a coat someone wanted to buy. I am happy to have found a place to share my knowledge about these wonderful pieces of history.
This discussion will bring together the comments I have made in my numerous posts in the peacoat thread, plus information I have not yet...
I've suddenly felt the urge to buy a pair of engineer boots. I say 'suddenly', but it's actually been about a week, since I read this thread. Plus I want to fold some socks over the top of my boots, just for the hell of it.
What I mean is, all of a sudden I like them, after years of poo-pooing them as rockabilly accessories of choice.
I've looked into Chippewa and Wesco, both of which offer styles I like (I want plain, no fancy stuff). Can I have a show of hands for Chippewa and Wesco, plus any other recommendations, please? If any UK FL members can provide links to retailers, I'd be especially grateful.
In another thread Viper Man recommended this book that I'll read for sure if I can lay my hands on it:
However, JFK was not always hatless. En route to his inauguration he did wear a hat:
And guess where it was made? I happened to stumble on it while reading up on the Dutch hat industry: in the Netherlands. In Eindhoven to be precise, in the Spoorenberg factory, long since gone. Never knew that.
I did a search for 'tollicker', which didn't turn up much. The best thing I came up with was a pic on Jimmy Pierce's site of an old one he has for sale. Are there any other photos out there of vintage hatter's tools like this? If I can make them myself I will; but I need to know what I need first. So far I've narrowed it down to blocks, flanges, a tollicker, the obvious irons, and an adjustable brim jack (trimmer).
Berets came up on the caps thread, and someone there said he was going to start a thread dedicated to them, but I did a search and did not find anything.
So, I'm starting one.
I have two berets and did extensive research to educate myself on the topic before I purchased the newest one. As a result, I probably know more about berets than any other type of headwear.
I'm going to uncharacteristicly keep this post brief to test the waters, and if there's interest, then I'll cover you up with stories and details!
I've been thinking about this alot lately.
As I religiously clean my home no less than 3 times a day (Yes,I am a clean freak) I have often wondered what women used in the Golden Era to clean thier homes with.
What products were used? and how they were used. Also,I've been curious as to what types of food they prepared.
I'm desperate for a pair of womens saddle shoes, but I need them by Christmas! I've been hunting around for a while and none of the shoe stores near me carry them (although, I've seen them there before). Does anyone know any stores that carry them? Obviously you can find them online, but I doubt they'll get here before Christmas. Thanks!
UK Members (cheap spear tip vintage style shirts)
Gents. Totally by accident I came across a range of shirts called "Florence & Fred" and their white mens' shirts have a wonderful vintage look to them with the hard to find elongated spear tipped collar points.
At something like £4 each, it's worth a visit to...wait for it....TESCO's!! I know!!! what a surprise and at that price too, in a lovely weighted cotton. Single cuffs with buttons, but has the double button hole for the option of taking off the buttons and using cufflinks.
A 'star buy' in my book!!
Hi all, I hope I'm not duplicating a previous thread. Balloon tire bicycles represent the golden age of bicycles, and they were most prevalent between 1933 and the late 1950s. A number of balloon tire retro cruiser models are still made today. What's a balloon tire some may ask? One with a width of more than two inches, such as the 26" x 2.125" found on most adult size ballooners. I've posted some photos on another thread, but I'll post them here again so you don't have to search. Below are a few from my collection.
This is a reissue of the 1941 Columbia F9T "Superb" Dashboard Bike.
This is a 1936 Elgin I restored last year.
This is a 1946 or '47 JC Higgins I restored and subsequently sold to a friend....
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