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Shopping from 1945: LL Bean Shopping Bags

Archival is working on a design for a collapsible tote for light marketing.  We take our inspiration from bags like these plainly named, Bean shopping bags circa1945.  We love the idea of stowing bags within bags (in anticipation of  impromptu portage).  Although we cannot promise that our bag will fold neatly into a women’s handbag, …

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Shopping from 1933: LL Bean

I just received my LL Bean Spring 1933 catalog in the mail (egregious delivery delays!). I’m forwarding along to Archival readers in need of last minute moccasin sandals, pack baskets, tackle kits, Maine fishing coats, tobacco pouches or fly rod outfits for their August camps. To order your goods, complete the form below and send …

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Camp Moc Review

Unlined, oiled leather camp mocs are my favorite shoes for summer. I wear several pairs in rotation from June to August. Where one would normally sport tennis shoes (for cycling, dog walking or skateboarding), I wear mocs. As the catalog patter goes: “these shoes have the snappy appearance of a moccasin with the support of …

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Shopping from 1952: Summer Camp Kit

Next week, I’ll be heading to the Hood Canal for a weekend at my old summer camp. Since I’m fulfilling my packing list from the pages of the 1952 LL Bean catalog, I’ll only need to shop for few perishable provisions (coffee beans, 35mm film and almonds). I have a two shoe rule for traveling …

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Archival Canoe Cruising

From “Canoe Cruising” by Lieutenant Warren H. Miller: “For the outdoor girl—the man and his wife adventuring wilderness travel for the first time—I could recommend no better selection than a good canoe trip. After one has mastered the rudiments of camping out, has gotten so that he can shelter himself and his from the elements …

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Archival Weekend

Friends Sarah and Fern came down to Eugene for some dental work and to share archival media. For them, I endured Eugene’s version of sushi (cream cheese, mushrooms and cashews wrapped in seaweed). In retaliation, I screened a night of Bette Davis material (Now, Voyager and her interview with Dick Cavett). Saturday morning, we gathered …

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The Original Muck Boot Vs. L.L. Bean

Bean Boots by L.L. Bean, 8″ model Hoser Classic™ Mid All Conditions Muck Boot Chore™ Hi Steel Toe All Conditions Muck Boot We’re having a household dispute over the merits of LL Bean Maine Hunting boots over The Original Muck Boot Company brand boots. S. claims that the Bean boots are more appropriate for the …

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