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Shopping from the 1930s: Montgomery Ward

Exemplary outerwear I’ve been on an ebay shopping spree for Montgomery Ward catalogs (the Archival bible). I’ve secured a few new Fall editions from the 1940s which I’ll be reprinting here–in bits–in the next few months. Copies of the 1930s catalogs are more tricky to source. Inspired by Spokesniffer and Reference Library, I’m capturing auction …

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Archival Outing

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a Sunday afternoon paddle by canoe on the McKenzie River. The promise of fish and fine riparian views outweighed our reluctance to venture out into the drizzle. What care we when we have the best waxed cotton outerwear for the worst Oregon Spring in recent memory. Rick’s …

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Archival Mountaineers

This spring mountaineering season: Pull on your knickers, grab your rucksack, lace up your tallest boots, help your pals with their bowlines-on-a-bight, and head for the hills. Here in Oregon, I’ll limit archivally-equipped outings to big, basic mountains – South Sister would be ideal, but the bold could go for Three-Fingered Jack, named after an …

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Shopping From The Mazamas

by Tom Bonamici The Mazamas were founded in 1894. The first meeting took place on the summit of Mt. Hood – if you made it to the top, you were deemed worthy of membership. I’m particularly fond of the campsite with several wall tents, which an Archival Clothing contact lived in for over a year …

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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 the Dartmouth Outing Club

Ed. note: Friend and Archival Clothing contributor Tom B. returns from summer break with a brief visual blurb on the classic style of his alma mater’s historic outing club. During my time in college, I was very active in the Dartmouth OutingClub, the oldest collegiate outing club in the country. It’s aterrific organization, running freshman …

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Shopping from the Dartmouth Outing Club

Ed. note: Friend and Archival Clothing contributor Tom B. returns from summer break with a brief visual report on the classic style of his alma mater’s historic outing club. During my time in college, I was very active in the Dartmouth OutingClub, the oldest collegiate outing club in the country. It’s aterrific organization, running freshman …

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