A reader from Chicago forwarded this link to a photograph of a group of loggers at the P.B. Anderson logging camp (n.d.) from the University of Washington’s digital collections. Several years ago, the image was licensed by CC Filson for use on a catalog cover (before Filson changed ownership, I’m told). The reader was curious about the wool shirt worn by the figure in the foreground which he compares to the wool Filson Jac-Shirt, but in a pullover smock style. The reader’s take was that loggers would have preferred this wool, pullover smock to a full button-up style shirt as a safety precaution: “fewer places for saw handles to find purchase.”
Speaking of online archives, the UW just added a new exhibit to their digital collections pages: Early Advertisement of the Northwest (1867-1918). I was hoping for a few token proto-Filson pitches, but I did find this interesting ad for the long lost brand of Tower’s waterproof oil clothing (1899).