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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.

Shopping from Japan – Cyclo Tourist Bags

April 15th, 2013
Thanks to Bill Lane at Wall Bike for reprinting this pictographic feature on front handlebar bags from the Japanese magazine Cyclo Tourist.  Apart from Guu-Watanabe, Ostrich and Berthoud, many of the brands are new to me.

For reference, here is my post from 2008 showing the of the range of French, US and Japanese made handlebar bags in use by my randonneuring friends.  

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.


From the Archives: Filson Wool Jacket

March 15th, 2013
Thanks to CC Filson for providing me with this archival scan of the original Filson Wool Sports Jacket.  As someone who has worn Filson for twenty years, I can spot a Cruiser, Cape Coat or Packer just by catching a glimpse of a pocket configuration, fabric type or design detail.  In contrast, the Filson Wool Sports Jacket is an enigmatic Filson model which comes from an era in the 1980s when the company was experimenting with a line of leisure, non hunting apparel.  If you spotted this jacket at a thrift store you might not even identifying it as a Filson.  I myself was thrown off by the heathered brown wool, satin lining and leather buttons –  features more characteristic of a department store car coat. 

Archival Resolutions 2013

December 31st, 2012
1.  Decide that quality matters and pay for it.  In the end, it will save you time and money.

2.  Before you buy, be selective.  Scrutinize items for build quality, fit,  finish, functionality and lasting style.   If an item is not perfect,  catch and release it.
3. Do more with less.  Add a few key pieces to your wardrobe and wear them until they dissolve.
4. Shop from yourself and from thrift shops. Repurpose strategic items from the past.
5. Support apparel companies that manufacture their products in the US.  Buy products still proudly made in their traditional country of origin.
6.  Contact manufacturers and let them know what they should offer.  If  you’re a woman and you love classic heritage styles, ask them to offer their products in your size.
7. Find out what products are manufactured in your region.  Visit factories and publish reports.
8.  Wear wool and linen year round.  Experiment with summer weight woolens, and heavier linens.
9. Come up with a signature uniform.  Wear it once a week.
10. Read historical newspapers and magazines.  Learn about lost brands, fashions, and manufacturing traditions.

Archival Dirigibles

December 21st, 2012
 Photograph of the nose of the USS Akron being attached
  Sailor at the Bow Mooring Post
 Emergency Control Station 
 Navigation Room 
 Crew Bunks
 Catwalk on the USS Akron
 USS Akron in the Goodyear-Zeppelin Dock
From the US National Archives, here are some photographs submitted to the 1933 Joint Congressional Committee to investigate dirigible disasters.  According to the Archives, “the Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters was created to investigate the cause of the USS Akron disaster and the wrecks of other Army and Navy dirigibles and to determine responsibility.”  Seventy plus years later, these images no longer read as evidence from a disaster report, but rather, lovely snaps of a lost transportation and housing system.  Not pictured – dirigible kitchens and close up views of air ship appliances and leisure time.

Wishful Shopping – Analog Edition

December 14th, 2012

Here are some analog items that I wish I were buying as gifts (or, in a true Christmas miracle, unwrapping myself).  Since many of these artifacts are out of production or difficult to source,  I  recommend that you print out the images below and create your own wishful tree ornaments.