Sears Motorcylce Jacket History 1949-1963

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by tmitchell59, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. Peacoat

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    Time to move this back to the first page.

    Since Terry started this project, I have been trying to decide the best way to handle the thread. I could clean up the extraneous comments and move it to the Guides Section. Two problems with that approach: 1) It would disappear from the this section. 2) The extraneous comments, both past and current, only add to the content.

    I could make it a permanent sticky, but there have been many other threads that members wanted to be made into a sticky. So many, in fact, that about 1/2 of the first page would be devoted to stickies. That isn't an efficient use of the valuable first page.

    So, I am going to temporarily put this as a sticky so that any members who aren't yet aware of its existence, will be aware of it. Also, it will give our new members an opportunity to know that such a valuable resource is available.

    Terry will be able to make updates as necessary, and members will be able to continue with comments.
     
  2. tmitchell59

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    Thanks. The ongoing comments are informative. I will certainly add any new information that I come across as I hope others will too.
     
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    An interested ebayer sent me pics what appears to be a 1951 Hercules jacket. The same jacket as pictured in the iconic 51 catalog image. The owner added his own rabbits foot!

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    This 1951 jacket continues with Wool lining, sewn on cigarette pocket, on top sleeve zipper seen on previous models. This year adds the "Built in leather Kidney Support", Through belt design with belt apparently part of the package.

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    This jacket is particular interesting for the seldom seen leather label.

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    Although this label is rather worn I have seen this label on other Hercules jackets as well as Windward, Appalachian Tanned and Tailored, W.B Place.
    I have theorized that Appalachian may have made jacket batchs, for Sears and Wards with that style of label for a short time around 1951. They were a manufacturer. Late 50s early 60s Fieldmaster and Oakbrook jackets are identical to Appalachian labeled jackets.

    Note the Nylon Stiched/Nylon lined. Very popular advertising early 50s

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    The leather labels are very short lived, maybe a year. All three look very similar to my eye. I do not recall a JC Penney jacket with this style of label.
     
  4. Aerielle Max

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    wearable awesome jackets.
     
  5. tmitchell59

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    I hope this thread helps people find the jackets are looking for. There is a variety
     
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    I have had this as a stickie for a month now. Everyone knows of its existence. I have the thread marked so that I (or other bartenders) may easily find it. So, I am going to unstick it and let it gradually fall.
     
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    Thanks!
     

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