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Steve McQueen – Alternative Frames From the LIFE Archive

| 14 Jan ’13
Steve McQueen – Alternative Frames From the LIFE Archive

I know blogs with photos of McQueen are two a penny these days but, whilst searching for something else, I accidentally came across around fifty or so images from Life that I hadn’t seen before – basically the alternate frames from images that have been published everywhere. The reason may be the spelling mistake in […]

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The Brooks Brothers Time Machine: 1980 Deadstock

| 8 Jan ’13 | 8 Comments
The Brooks Brothers Time Machine: 1980 Deadstock

Vintage Brooks Brothers Haul It’s generally agreed that the end of the line for Brooks Brothers began when Marks & Spencer took over the company in 1988. (Brooks was charged with being an arrogant and remote institution but that is matched only by M&S whose arrogance and business practices led in part to the decline […]

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Dick Van Dyke in Full Boom Ivy Mode 1967

| 15 May ’12 | 1 Comment
Dick Van Dyke in Full Boom Ivy Mode 1967

Like most American movies Divorce American Style shows menswear that would have been woefully out of date and unfashionable by 1967. But we don’t care do we? Any chance to see how Boom Years Ivy was worn in the flesh, rather than rely on dodgy retro recreationists (the like of which have turned modernist style […]

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A Few Deadstock Shirts Just Arrived: Brooks Unlined Collar, Southwick Popover, Lion of Troy Raglan Popover

| 14 May ’12 | 7 Comments
A Few Deadstock Shirts Just Arrived: Brooks Unlined Collar, Southwick Popover, Lion of Troy Raglan Popover

A few shirt arrivals in the last few days (like I needed any more shirts, but you know how it is!): A vintage Lion of Troy popover raglan sleeve number, identical in every way to one that guest poster The Woolster found last year. Unfortunately, this one is too big for me even if I […]

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J Keydge, Slack Jackets – Get them whilst you still can.

| 11 Apr ’12 | 20 Comments
J Keydge, Slack Jackets – Get them whilst you still can.

Over the years one of the things I’ve found it hardest to source have been ivy sports jackets, especially jackets that can be worn in a non-ironic sense for everyday work amongst the great unwashed of non-converts. I’ve had dozens of sports jackets going back to around 1981, but almost without exception the sizing has […]

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Guest Blogger: The Woolster – Deadstock 1950s Baseball Jacket

| 8 Apr ’12 | 1 Comment
Guest Blogger: The Woolster – Deadstock 1950s Baseball Jacket

Whilst I have been in retirement due to real life workload combined with an inevitable compounded sense of being a kid in a sweetshop with toothache from the last few years intensive ebay/JSA buying sprees, I received this guest post from The Woolster in Finland, one of the farther reaches of ivy outposts but a […]

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Finally, Deadstock Walk-Over Dirty Bucks

| 31 Jan ’12 | 3 Comments
Finally, Deadstock Walk-Over Dirty Bucks

I knew it. Starting a tumblr blog would mean I would get lazy with the original Weejun blog. It’s just one of those things. Blogging with Tumblr is super fast and great for those images or vintage adverts that don’t need an explanation. Some things however need to be on here. A long time search […]

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J. Press Newhaven: 1950s

| 13 Jan ’12 | 2 Comments
J. Press Newhaven: 1950s

My long search of the LIFE magazine files also dug up these interesting photogaphs of an earlier college generation, some being outfitted for new wardrobe in local stores, others just general colleg life. The average date seems to be 1954 and the square format of most of them suggest the Rolleiflex as the camera used, […]

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Complete College Wardrobe Montgomery Ward 1962

| 12 Jan ’12 | 0 Comments
Complete College Wardrobe Montgomery Ward 1962

Looking back from 2012, this stuff looks great doesn’t it? But let’s not forget that history is constantly rewriting itself (and often written by those who don’t really know) and laid down for future generations as gospel. (God help those reading some of FNB in 20 years’ time!). In reality, if you were heading off […]

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Corcoran, Hunting, Shooting & Fishing Fall/Winter 1959

| 11 Jan ’12 | 1 Comment
Corcoran, Hunting, Shooting & Fishing Fall/Winter 1959

Whilst not being any kind of beardy workwear East End type (and in fact in spite of that) I have always had a soft spot for classic American functional clothing. Back in the day it was LL Bean’s catalogue that was prized and poured over just as much as Brooks Brothers or any other obscure […]

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Plastic Ivy – Weejuns in Dupont Corfam

| 9 Jan ’12 | 3 Comments
Plastic Ivy – Weejuns in Dupont Corfam

It’s easy to overlook the many attempts by American industry to turn oil refining byproducts into lucrative space age man made fabrics. We all know of Dacron, nylon, terylene etc when appliedto clothing but what is less well known and less remembered are the attempts to replace one of nature’s most noble fabrics. Leather. In […]

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The Freshman Blues & Other Tales of Yale

| 8 Jan ’12 | 0 Comments
The Freshman Blues & Other Tales of Yale

Timothy Thompson Yale Freshman 1964 In 1964 Life magazine commissioned photographer Bill Eppridge to follow country boy freshman Timothy Thompson during his first term at Yale. The published images are very interesting, but there are a whole host of others, not published, lurking in the Life archives. No commentary needed really, just soak up the […]

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