On Any Sunday (Brown 1971), the famous 1971 motorcycle documentary, has been shopped to death. Over the years, gent bloggers have obsessed over the film’s motorcycles, wax jackets, leather boots and Steve McQueen footage. Coming late to this movie, I gravitated to the section dealing with the six day international motorcycle trial in Spain. As a randonneur, I appreciate any sporting event that emphasizes endurance, durable clothing, modest rewards and an ethos of self reliance (riders must maintain their own machines during the race).
Here are a few of my favorite small details from On Any Sunday:
Red kerchief; rear snap closure pockets on jacket
Self-reliant motorcycle maintenance
Cotton web strap holding the metal skid plate in place (nylon now for sure)
Stylish spectator in Spain
Pristine pit crew
Modest winner’s medallion
Mixed use trail
Snap views from last month’s field trip up to PDX.
Print ephemera at the S. Glass household
Jarom at Reveille
(great source for Rising Sun & Mister Freedom)
Engineered Garments and Tellason denim at Blake
Made in USA daypack at Levi’s store
Last weekend we were honored with a visit from the Japanese “hi-style” magazine HUGE. HUGE is doing a feature on Oregon manufacturers and we were pleased that they included Archival in their itinerary. On Sunday, the HUGE team visited our sewing contractor’s facility in Springfield to get some live action snaps of Terry at work.
It was a pleasure to watch Nick, a professional photographer, at work. Here he is taking light meter readings before shooting Terry. I love that Nick shoots on film.
Nick and Takuhito, delightful gents
Documenting how Terry sets washers and snaps.
Checking Polaroids of me. I’m posing in front of a Quonset hut
I endorse Takuhito’s twin pack approach to rucksack portage. Nicole, AC Production Manager, dodging the camera in background.
Archival heirlooms: Mamiya 645, Domke canvas camera bag and Kodak 120 Portra film.
Nick’s back up rig – an Olympus Stylus point and shoot. I like his Makr carry pouch.
Prepping Rucksacks for their close ups
Of all the Alden models, the surgical or monkey style boot style is my favorite. Sold as part of Alden’s line of medical footwear, these boots are overshadowed by their more popular work boot brethern (aka the Indy boot).
Truth be told, I’ve never seen the Alden surgical boots in person. I just like how they photograph. Here are some handsome looking deadstock pairs from Japan:
I love how they resemble vintage, high top, lace to toe athletic shoes from the 1920s:
Alden surgical boots are difficult to source. Alden has stopped customizing shoes for individual customers. Here’s a rare ebay auction for a pair in size 6. Part of my Archival project is to sift and capture more ebay photos of archival finds (per Reference library‘s “items I did not buy”). I love the random backdrops (bed sheets!) and attempts at Muybridge scientific documentation that appear in auctions for personal artifacts. This is a good example:
We’re releasing our Canvas Duck Rucksack in new colors including black, navy and olive.
Archival family of bags
While we do love our waxed cotton twill, we introduced an unwaxed version of our Archival Rucksack
as a more affordable alternative. These rucksacks are made of a sturdy #8 cotton duck (18 ounce). Aside from the change in fabric, these are identical to our classic Waxed Twill Rucksacks
made in our Springfield, Oregon workshop.
In my stocking this past Christmas came a happy little thing of forged aluminum – the Clampette!
It’s a tiny camera fitting that can clamp onto just about anything – ideal for the time-lapse aficionado. Great packaging, great tool, made in the USA. Can’t go wrong. Go check out High Sierra Mfg.
Our first piece of outerwear, the Archival Plain Waxed Jacket is meant to be a reliable, comfortable outer shell to ward off rain and wind. Ideal for walkers, cyclists, fishermen, sailors, and anyone else who loves being outside in all weather. The Plain Waxed Jacket is unlined, with raglan sleeves and two welted handwarmer pockets. Cut just below the waist. Made of a waxed cotton/nylon fabric that’s both durable and lightweight. Collar, cuffs, and pockets are lined in soft wool flannel. Cuffs and back adjust with a snap, and a stout two-way brass zipper is backed with a storm flap to keep out the drafts. Fully finished inside and out, using felled seams and twill tape, this jacket is built well to last long. Available in navy.
Fully finished inside and out
Stout, two way brass. zipper backed with a storm flap
Wool flannel lined cuffs, pockets and collar