Shopping From the Past

Archival Review – Anoraks

I’m sifting through my reference collection of anoraks in search of exemplary specimens. Anoraks are one of those garment styles that I admire most in photo form. While I own a few anoraks my own (by Roffe and Barbour), none fit as well those sported in vintage photographs of mountaineers or cyclists. My favorite versions are …

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Archival Field Trip – San Francisco

                Box Dog Bikes Karikter           AB Fits Lomography Store Rancourt mocs at Taylor Stitch       Random encounters with Rivendell           Aggregate Supply  Unionmade Sound level monitoring  Mister Self Edge  Harris tweed castoff Sushi Boat

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Wishful Shopping – Black’s Anoraks

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 …

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Shopping from the Antarctic

It may be the first day of Spring but I’m in no mood to wear warm weather clothing. Wet, chilly conditions in Eugene have driven me back to my mid-winter wardrobe of anoraks and heavy woolens. I’m going to shop from the State Library of New South Wales Australian Antarctic Territory collection for additional sledging …

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Shopping from the movies: On Any Sunday (1971)

On Any Sunday (Brown 1971), the famous 1971 motorcycle documentary, has been shopped to death. Over the years, gent bloggers have obsessed over the film’s motorcycles, wax jackets, leather boots and Steve McQueen footage. Coming late to this movie, I gravitated to the section dealing with the six day international motorcycle trial in Spain. As …

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Archival Parkas

Since I live in the wet Pacific Northwest, my idea of winter outerwear is a waxed cotton or tin cloth jacket. I’ll add a supplemental wool vest or quilted jacket if temps drop below 40. For readers shopping from ice pack climes, I offer some expedition grade parkas from the past and present. First Australasian …

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Archival Field Trip: Seattle (July 2010)

Mr. United States of Americana U-District farmers market The Field House revisited Paseos (Ballard) Elliot Bay Bicycles Ballard Nautical Supplies Japanese magazines at Uwajimaya Sara, Bruce and I took a quick trip up to Seattle. Our primary mission was to visit friend Eliz and select buttons for our shawl collar sweater project. Unfortunately, a highway …

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From the Archives: Yakima Climbing Youth

OK, we know that the Life archive has been endlessly passed around the circle, but it doesn’t mean that the images aren’t brilliant. Having grown up rock climbing, I’m stuck on these kids from Yakima, Washington, right now. You cannot fail with khakis, Chucks, and poplin anoraks. Sign me up. LL adds: one hopes these …

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Shopping from 1921: Équipages Français

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 …

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Shopping from Tintin: Hiking Garb

Ed. note: guest post by Archival Associate and Tintin reader, Tom B. There’s endless discussion on the genius of Tintin’s wardrobe. But let’s broaden the search. Tintin In Tibet offers some really terrific examples of hiking clothing – tennis sweaters, anoraks, plus fours, socks folded over boots. While I continue to use gaiters to keep …

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