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Shopping from the 1930s: Montgomery Ward

September 30th, 2011

Exemplary outerwear

I’ve been on an ebay shopping spree for Montgomery Ward catalogs (the Archival bible). I’ve secured a few new Fall editions from the 1940s which I’ll be reprinting here–in bits–in the next few months. Copies of the 1930s catalogs are more tricky to source. Inspired by Spokesniffer and Reference Library, I’m capturing auction images as placeholders for items I did not buy. Here are a few frame grabs from vintage catalogs from the 1930s that were beyond my “buy it now” pricepoint. If I could make it so, these would all Archival offerings for Fall 2011. Smitty “Whata Sweater” would be announced as our new Archival mascot.

Smitty Sweater

Heavy weight shawl collar sweaters and cardigans

All wool blazers


Denim jackets, overalls and trousers

Canvas duck field jackets

All wool shaker sweaters

Heritage workwear for women

Pendleton blankets

Archival Outing

June 15th, 2011

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a Sunday afternoon paddle by canoe on the McKenzie River. The promise of fish and fine riparian views outweighed our reluctance to venture out into the drizzle. What care we when we have the best waxed cotton outerwear for the worst Oregon Spring in recent memory.

Rick’s prized Grumman (a transplant, like Rick, from Minnesota)

Namesake

Prized canvas duck duffle (family heirloom)

Flies tied for the occasion

Preparing to launch

My assignment

In full wax garb

Passing view

Non archival footwear (and Filson fly-fishing strap vest)

Recommended substitution

Success! (first of several)

Archival Mountaineers

March 16th, 2010


This spring mountaineering season: Pull on your knickers, grab your rucksack, lace up your tallest boots, help your pals with their bowlines-on-a-bight, and head for the hills. Here in Oregon, I’ll limit archivally-equipped outings to big, basic mountains – South Sister would be ideal, but the bold could go for Three-Fingered Jack, named after an infamously disfigured 19th century bandit. Archival Clothing is not responsible for the failure of wooden ice axes or hempen ropes.





Shopping From The Mazamas

November 28th, 2009

by Tom Bonamici


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The Mazamas were founded in 1894. The first meeting took place on the summit of Mt. Hood – if you made it to the top, you were deemed worthy of membership. I’m particularly fond of the campsite with several wall tents, which an Archival Clothing contact lived in for over a year and confirms to be practical and convenient. The woolen climbing garb might seem obsolete, but just consider the report of Graham Hoyland, who reports that 1920s-era clothing performed just fine on Mt. Everest. So if you plan on any mountaineering next season, please consider re-assigning a use value to natural fibers! That said, wooden ice axe shafts have been known to break, and Archival Clothing does not condone their use.

Shopping from 1921: Équipages Français

October 21st, 2009









Manufacture Francaise d’Armes & Cycles courtesy Pillpatt (agence Eureka)
Thanks to one of my favorite Archival finders, Robin E., who pointed me to this flickr set featuring pages from Manufacture Francaise, a French firearms and clothing catalog from 1921. Per an auction note for a related item: “Manufacture Francaise produced an annual catalogue with over 700 pages and thousands of images of various products for sale. The catalogue provides a great deal of information of every kind needful to Sportsmen, Cyclists, Anglers, Tourists, etc.”

Shopping from the Dartmouth Outing Club

September 23rd, 2009

Ed. note: Friend and Archival Clothing contributor Tom B. returns from summer break with a brief visual blurb on the classic style of his alma mater’s historic outing club.


During my time in college, I was very active in the Dartmouth Outing
Club
, the oldest collegiate outing club in the country. It’s a
terrific organization, running freshman orientation trips, maintaining
trails, and hosting scores of hikes, bikes, paddles, and climbs every
term. However, upon doing some digging in the club reports from years
past, I believe that sartorial standards have slipped dramatically.






A week ago, Tom field tested this lightweight, all cotton hiking ensemble (minus kerchief) inspired by the Dartmouth Outing club photo archives:


Shopping from the Dartmouth Outing Club

September 15th, 2009

Ed. note: Friend and Archival Clothing contributor Tom B. returns from summer break with a brief visual report on the classic style of his alma mater’s historic outing club.


During my time in college, I was very active in the Dartmouth Outing
Club
, the oldest collegiate outing club in the country. It’s a
terrific organization, running freshman orientation trips, maintaining
trails, and hosting scores of hikes, bikes, paddles, and climbs every
term. However, upon doing some digging in the club reports from years
past, I believe that sartorial standards have slipped dramatically.






A week ago, Tom field tested this lightweight, all cotton hiking ensemble (minus kerchief) modeled on a photo from the Outing club archives: