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Archival Rolled Sleeves

June 20th, 2013

I’m not a big fan of summer weight garb.  I much prefer to modify my standard winter wardrobe of woolens and long sleeve cotton shirts for warmer weather  Why buy cotton poplin or linen or gingham for the abbreviated northwest summer (July-August) when you could just roll up your sleeves for the same degree of ventilation.  The Art of Manliness offers this detailed style guide for best practices on rolling your sleeves.  For exemplary examples from the archives, see below:


Archival Paddle Tennis

May 3rd, 2013

As much as I enjoy tennis, I prefer the snappy uniforms worn by these vintage gents playing paddle tennis.  For reference, paddle tennis is an indoor variation of the traditional tennis played with solid rackets and underhand serve on a smaller court.  I liken paddle tennis to the elegant, east coast cousin of  pickleball, a PE course requirement in 1980s Eastern Washington.   Per usual,  I endorse any sport that permits you to wear clothing that still resembles what you might wear to work.  I’m shopping for a pair of deadstock saddle shoes so I can start working on my own, from-the-ground-up, paddle tennis ensemble.   See below for step by step illustrations on how to play the game. 


Wishful Shopping – Black’s Anoraks

April 17th, 2013
Thanks to AC friend Spoke Sniffer for directing me to this ebay auction for a rare, unworn, Black’s cotton anorak.  Beware of the But It Now button which will zap $636.00 from your pocket if you dare to press play.  I’m collecting a few snaps from the auction so you can safely admire this classic anorak design once the real thing disappears from view.

From the Archives – Les Compagnons

April 3rd, 2013
I never tire of reprinting print ephemera from the collection of Pillpat (agence eureka).  Next to the Library of Congress, no other flickr stream issues forth so many amazing, hard to source images of French clothing catalogs, playing cards, maps, children’s books, educational texts and party games from the early to mid twentieth century.  Here’s a terrific, scouting themed coloring book, Les Compagnons, that defies the user to reproduce or improve upon what has already been illustrated.  While the coloring book lacks explanatory text, its presentation of well appointed campers and hyper stylized camp sites reminds me of Tom’s beloved Little Golden Book of Camping and Camp Craft (1959).  I’m including a few blank page in case Archival readers wish to draw up their own aspirational scenes from camp.   Scan and send me the results. I’ll repost in a future blog.


Archival Athletes

March 26th, 2013
From the Musee McCord Museum Archives, here are some terrific photographs of individual and team sports from the turn of the (past) century.  I love reprinting images of historical athletes as evidence of a time when athletic prowess was conflated with a snappy, well tailored presentation for the camera.  Here, in the McCord image set, both male and female athletes wear sporting garb that could easily double as street clothing.  I long for the days when heraldic emblems, plus fours, bowler hats, wool knits and striped tunics were de rigeur elements of the the amateur sporting uniform.
 John Lowe, 1931
 Frank Barnwell, 1891
Louis Rubenstein, 1893
 Rowing Crew, 1871
Fencers, 1925
 “Bonnie Lassies” group, 1891

Hurdle race on snowshoes, 1892
Trafagler Basketball Institute, 1928
 YWCA Water Polo Team, 1925

Bank of Montreal Hockey Team, 1895
 Kahnawake Lacrosse, 1867
Wesleyan Thelogical Basketball Team, 1916
Physical Education Hockey Group, 1925

Archival Space Shuttle

March 20th, 2013

The San Diego Air and Space Museum (SDASM) just celebrated their five year participation in Flickr Commons. While I’m partial to the Museum’s archival collection of Zeppelin crashes and Aviation Pioneers, my favorite SDAM set features photographs, illustrations and ephemera from the Space Shuttle program.  Out of context, they invoke a version of the Shuttle that is heavy on concept, light on flight.  What remains are charming, lo-fi, diy artifacts: button lit simulators, dated office furniture, slide presentations and cryptic medical tests.  Study the photographs below and develop your own space program.