Monday, January 31, 2011

There will be blood.

It's the dry season for vintage hunters, here in Holland...slim pickins.
The fleamarket stalls are empty, it's too cold.
It's the same old, same old in the antique shops.
New Year's postal rates have gone through the roof, all your online spending dough goes to the shipping fares.
Hard times for hunters, indeed.
And, after all the found stuff is repaired, oiled, polished, washed, cleaned, it's stored away, the rush fades away quickly.
You HAVE to go hunting again! Times like these make me feel like a tiger in a cage...

The storage room.
The best I could find this last month. A few old bandannas. LVC makes one like the bottom right.
Yours for €48.=, it's made on the moon, I reckon. Such a lot of money for a snotrag.

A 1890 Lee Brothers notebook.

An Ebay bargain; H.D. Lee notepad. Any clue what IS the Lee Special, anybody?

THAT'S ALL!!! ( Except for the excellent piece Mr. Vilbo @ FCC found me)
It's high time for another field trip. Leave this godforsaken town for a treasure hunt.
The Call of the Wild! Get "the Color" out off the ground!
Meanwhile, I'm getting my inspiration from the Great Hunters from the Silver Screen:

Hunter Plainview

Hunter Powell

Hunter Hearst

And from studying old catalogs, scans, reference books etc.:

You can see some more scans from the Beacon/Barbour catalog here, courtesy of me, via the folks at the excellent Archival Clothing blog.:

The game is afoot. I'll let you know.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Messieurs, ...c' est l'heure!

I'm pretty excited about Mr. Loiron putting French wear back on the map.
Hopefully it'll be a reason for Ralph Lauren (and others) to make some more decent stuff like he used to. Check these out, from a few years ago:

Indigo dyed 'gros' corduroy trousers, leather pocket reinforcements,  hook and eye closure.
Made in China these are the vrai Bleu de Chine.

Salt and pepper lining, comme il faut.

Batiste pullover "blue collar" shirt, in a beautiful slubby, not calendered, cambric

Rugby wool plaid pantaloons.

Maybe somebody should be making these again. Early 1900's.
Very comfy and they have a selvedge, what more could you ask for?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Apaches in the movies, part deux

Casque d'or(1952)
The Guingette,a garden in Belleville was torn down just a while ago.

Apaches in the Movies

Mon Homme/ Shadows of Paris(1924), starring Pola Negri an Adolphe Menjou.
Only one minute of this film still exists.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

1950's Dutch HBT jacket

I'm not a big militaria collector , but this one I thought was interesting:
1950's Royal Marines jacket , Indonesia /Korean war era.
Never noticed these before.
Dutch uniforms until WW2 were based on German designs, I knew our post-war uniforms were made after  British Battle Dress.

1910 Time Book

Railroaders time booklet, 1910, the calendar still works in 2011! Spent a whole night carefully peeling off  pasted-in newspaper clippings. Finding that hunting coat made it all worth while.
Anybody know how to remove 101-year old glue from paper?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dutch workwear, again.

Corduroy 'peacoat', no brand.

Definitely workwear...

Another 'Bleu', very popular with the facteurs de France....Very classic collar style(see below) and very sharp angled cuffs, nice.

Classic Dutch farmers jacket, boiled wool, handmade, ca. 1900.

Dutch miners pants, moleskin. 1950's.

Amsterdam,  civil servants wool jacket, missing belt.

Pejebe brand klettervest . The flapped/zippered pockets combination is unusual.

Couldn't find info on PJB, maybe it's related to 'Panter', another workwear brand.

Rusty sidebuckles