Vintage Workwear

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by scotrace, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. vintage.vendeuse

    vintage.vendeuse A-List Customer

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    Love the dirigible in the background.
     
  2. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Woolrich still makes a version of this, though with a zipper, different fabric, a different cut, different construction and different detailing.

    Here is an original, from the early 1940s
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  3. Ran across this pic of my wife's Great-Grandad taken in 1955. He was a commercial contractor in Springfield, MO. Any info on the jacket would be most appreciated. :)
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  4. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Looks like a heavy canvas, probably made late '40s into the early '50s. The detailing running from the pockets to the shoulders is unusual. I would think it was either quilted nylon or sheepskin lined by its apparent bulkiness.

    Although the detailing and materials are different, the overall cut is similar to this early '50s Montgomery Ward work coat http://www.ebay.com/itm/121350937726
     
  5. Luxire

    Luxire Vendor

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    We have a very similar fabric here, 100% wool, and can recreate the above closely, if someone would be interested.
     
  6. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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  7. dh66

    dh66

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    Classy. You could easily pass for one of Teddy's rough riders.

    Sent from my XT1030 using Tapatalk
     
  8. frussell

    frussell One Too Many

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    Dinerman - I've got a modern repro of that vest, made by Woolrich, sold years ago through L.L. Bean. It has the zipper, but most of the details are the same. I've put hard wear on in for nearly 20 years, and the wool is nearly new looking. The zipper is fine, and other than some slight fraying of the edge material, and a pocket re-sew here and there, it's been one of my alltime favorite and hard-wearing garments. The modern Woolrich version is not cut the same, and sits way too short on me in the same chest size. They called it a "Railroad Vest" back then, but I've used mine mostly for horseback work. Wish I had bought three more back then. Frank.
     
  9. Dinerman

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    Here's the side-by-side of the original 70-some year old version and the current production one.
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  10. sola fide

    sola fide One of the Regulars

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    You've really got the vintage look down, I like it. I have modeled my style after the 30s, 40s, & 50's since i was around 15 year old. The style and quality of the early to mid 20th century cant be beat which is why I bought my 38 Chevrolet and want to live in and own a California Bungalow. Keep it up and I am a bit envious of what I have seen of your collection.
    Mike A
     
  11. EmergencyIan

    EmergencyIan Practically Family

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    Love that picture and the coat! Is that a vintage piece?

    - Ian
     
  12. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    It's an early 1930s Penney's coat.

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    Similar to the one worn by James Dean in "Giant"
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  13. EmergencyIan

    EmergencyIan Practically Family

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    Thanks!

    I love that style of coat. Does this style have a name? I've searched them before, but couldn't find them under a specific name.

    Anyhow, it's a great coat. Maybe one day I'll find one in my size that's in great condition or a good repro. I think that I wear a size 38 like you do.

    - Ian
     
  14. Fastuni

    Fastuni Call Me a Cab

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    They are called ¨Canadienne¨ (in Europe at least).
    In France they were big until the 1980s and many good specimen can be found.

    In N-America you will probably have best luck with looking for "Mackinaw" (a term used for many quite different types of coat).
     
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  15. EmergencyIan

    EmergencyIan Practically Family

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    Thank you. I'll try the "Canadienne" search.

    - Ian
     
  16. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  17. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Sheeplined coat was the term used when these were originally sold. After the 1940s, people's experience with the WWII Jeep Coat confused the naming and brought the "mackinaw" name onto a design which was not made of mackinaw cloth. These days, you're unlikely to find any by searching for the correct, original name.
     
  18. Edward

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    A couple of days ago I saw The Book Thief for the first time. The wardrobe is great, but I was particularly taken by a workwear-type waistcoat sported by Geoffrey Rush in several scenes. Unfortunately I can' find a full-length photo of it, as it's one I'd be tempted to have copied:

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    Reminds me of some of the stuff Hepville is producing nowadays.
     
  19. esteban68

    esteban68 Call Me a Cab

    great and unusual film that one Edward...good clothing in it too as you say.
     

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