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Archive for December, 2011

Archival Vacation – Hawaii

December 28th, 2011

I’m here in Hawi, HI with Lynn & friends. Though I love Hawaii I find it difficult to document. Every scenic view has already been reprinted in postcard form. In lieu of a traditional AC field report, I’m posting a few placeholder images from Flip Schulke’s DOCUMERICA. Though Flip documented the retirement communities of Key West, Fla., in the 1970s, his photographs do well to capture the highlights–and best snaps–from my own tropical vacation.

Archival DIY: Rewaxing a Filson Packer Hat

December 26th, 2011

If you’re looking for a post holiday diversion, here’s a tutorial from Chris at Otter Wax on reproofing your Filson Packer hat. Feel free to apply this technique to other waxed cotton items that have lost their finish in the past year. Otter Wax available here.

Otter Wax is fine for both Filson tin and shelter cloth fabrics

In case you missed it, here’s the original post from Chris on waxing dry canvas sneakers.

Archival Fieldtrip – NYC/Brooklyn

December 22nd, 2011

Snap views of my recent visit to NYC/Brooklyn.

Wages of Fear – best film I’ve seen in ages. If you live in NYC, you should be at the movies right now.

Kiosk – home of Reference Library’s famous Steele tote in black.

Bridgestone MB-1 in Manhattan

At the Oak Room with Andrea Marcovicci, Syl & Sara

Xmas from the Time Life Archives

December 22nd, 2011

Photographs by Margaret Bourke-White of the US Fifth Army in Italy in 1944.

Amer. WACs Pfcs. Dorothy Dittwald, Dorothy Charpenter decorate small Christmas tree in 75-mm. shell as & Sgt. Crawford hangs a Christmas wreath on the door of their tent on the Italian front in the Appennine Mountains.

Lighted MERRY XMAS sign behind 65-ft. Christmas tree lit up by Italian bulbs strung up by Special Services & the 53rd Signal Battalion at the top of Radicosa Pass at 2500 ft. elevation direction signs to Bologna as Amer. MP stands guard.

WACs Pfc. Dorothy Carpenter, Dorothy Dittwald & Sgt. Crawford, making paper chains to trim a tiny Christmas tree as they also open gifts sent to them from home, in their tent on the Itallian front in the Appennine Mountains.

Suggested Mobile Housing

December 21st, 2011

Lloyd Kahn is one of my heroes. His book Shelter has been a guide and comfort through many, many years of dreaming of building my own home somewhere.

His blog is highly recommended for lots of pictures and great writing about structures and the people who build them. And he’s still skating at 70+! This short documentary has some footage of Lloyd’s amazing home.

Check out this gorgeous converted school bus that he recently featured; maybe it’s just because I’m from a world vortex of converted school busses, but it got me thinking about long road trips, woodstove cooking, and making do with a little less.

New Release: AC x Lyonstate Rucksack

December 20th, 2011

We teamed up with our friends at Lyonstate to produce a dark brown waxed twill version of our original Archival Rucksack. Like all of our rucksacks, the Lyonstate edition comes with adjustable two inch wide shoulder straps, two outer bellows pockets, leather strap with brass roller buckle closure, and draw cord to secure the bag’s contents. Edges are bound in waxed cotton tape, and stress points are bar-tacked or riveted. A double-layer reinforced bottom ensures a long life and even wear; semi-rigid back panel guarantees a comfortable ride and prevents bag flop.

Available exclusively through Lyonstate.

The Coffee Shops of 1950s London

December 18th, 2011

Long before the Seattle-based coffeehouse explosion of the 80s and 90s, there was a coffeehouse explosion in London.

Love this sweater

I’ve been digging this contemporary spot that shows the range of coffeehouse styles, from “cool cats” to “university eggheads.”

Love this sweater even more

As I get ready to head back to Oregon for a month this holiday season, I’m looking forward to visiting some of my favorite coffeehouses – especially the ones with friendly baristas and a good cheap cup of drip coffee.

Aspirational Storefront

Gossip Girls



Eton and Oxford representative

Film producers

New Release: Archival Dopp Kit

December 15th, 2011

Archival Dopps in navy, red and dark brown

It’s important to keep your grooming products corralled when traveling, but most dopp kits end up complicated, bulky, and heavy. The Archival Dopp is simple, spacious, and folds up to nearly nothing when not full. Featuring a smooth brass zipper and a handle made of our beloved British military webbing, big enough to fit over a doorknob. Opens very wide for easy access.

The Archival Dopp is constructed from the highest quality materials: waxed canvas (10 oz), Horween leather tab, IDEAL zippers, and thread are of US origin. Webbing is sourced from the UK. All seams are bound in our own US-made waxed cotton bias tape.

Dimensions: 9.5″ x 4.5″ x 4″ (Length x Width x Height)
Zipper opening: 12.5″
Handle loop: 7.5″

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Aerial view