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Archival Jockey Silks

I have a deep fondness for jockey silks. Unlike most sporting garb, the basic jockey’s uniform of jodphurs, cap and tunic has remained unchanged over time. Designed for legibility from a distance, the visual code of stripes, dots, hoops, sashes, crosses, chevrons and bold colors has a functional beauty that appeals to me in any …

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From the Archives: Rugby Ephemera

In honor of the World Cup, I’m reposting selections from Frederick Humbert’s awesome collection of historical rugby print ephemera. Humbert’s flickr catalog and blog, Rugby-Pioneers, include photographs, programs, cigarette cards, advertisements and even hand painted lantern slides of vintage rugby action. Even if you don’t follow rugby as a sport, study the photographs as a …

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Archival Jackets: Mister Freedom Biribi

Mister Freedom Bourgeron Biribi jacket I’m always shopping for a jacket to complete my archival uniform. My preferred jacket possesses indoor-outdoor utility. It needs to be unlined w/open patch pockets and a high buttoning neck. Chore coats, forestry cloth cruisers and and engineer’s jackets work OK from Fall through Winter. But in Spring/Summer, I want …

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From the Archives: Women War Workers

“Chippers.” Women war workers of Marinship Corp, 1942 The U.S. National Archives just released these terrific photos of female war workers from WW II. The images are part of NARA’s Women in WW II series. Original captions are included below. U.S. Army nurses, newly arrived, line the rail of their vessel as it pulls into …

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Archival Football Uniforms

Lawson Fiscus (one of the first professional football players) Here’s a quick survey of exemplary historic football uniforms from the late 19th and early 20th century. The photos sum up my ideal of the perfect sports uniform: basic solid or striped tunics, all wool knit cardigans or pullovers and knickerized canvas duck trousers. Belts, lacing …

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Shopping from Powell and Pressburger

by Lesli Larson Miss Smith and the soldier from Oregon A Canterbury Tale (Powell and Pressburger 1944) provides us with evidence that heritage clothing for women is not an impossibility. In a recent post to Valet, a 23 year old woman inquired about how she could wear “peacoats, slim pants, loafers, etc. without looking too …

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Archival Airedales

From the archives of the Illustrated London News: A canine despatch-carrier Preparing dogs for war service Carrying a pigeon for releasing information Airedale as Red Cross worker Patrol Training

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Heritage military uniforms for women

Auxilary Fire Service Auxilary Territorial Service Red Cross Officers’ Outdoor Uniform Volunteer’s uniform in the A.T.S. Auxilary Fire Service Mechanised Transport Corps W.V.S Auxilary Air Force (Officer’s Uniform) Women’s Voluntary Service Land Army From the archives of the Illustrated London News, here are some WWII uniforms for the women’s auxilary service (“its members attend to …

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