Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, In Your Christmas Loafers

Mon 23 Dec 2013 - Filed under: Historic Images — Christian
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(Teaser of a post to come after the holiday.)

Unseen And Undarted: New Book On King Of Cool Steve McQueen

Wed 13 Nov 2013 - Filed under: Historic Images — Christian
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© Photograph Judith Jamison/Barry Feinstein Photography, Inc.

A new book shows that Steve McQueen could wear an undarted sack jacket and more than live up to his title as king of cool. Based on candids and stills from the movie “Bullitt” taken by friend Barry Feinstein, “Unseen McQueen” is due out next week from Reel Art Press. (Continue)


That Damned Brooks Brothers Shirt

Tue 22 Oct 2013 - Filed under: Historic Images — Christian
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Recently the comments section has been lively with discussion about Brooks Brothers shirts. Obsessing over them is practically an institution; as early as the mid-’60s George Frazier was writing, “What the hell’s happening to the roll on Brooks Brothers buttondowns?”

There’s a reason men get so worked up about them: they have strong attachments to this particular article of clothing. Like the fellow in the drawing above.

The cartoon by Charles E. Martin appeared in the New Yorker in 1952 and is available from the Conde Nast Store.

But be forewarned: the print costs more than a new Brooks Brothers shirt. — CC


Boys To Men: The Long And Short Of It

Sat 21 Sep 2013 - Filed under: 1920s-'40s,Historic Images — Christian
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whiffenpoofs 1927

No need to be long-winded, so I’ll keep it short: Jackets that are too short make men look like boys, while jackets of adequate length make boys look like men. Take it from these 1927 Whiffenpoofs — estimated ages 18-22. These gentlemen songsters may be doomed from here to eternity, but it’s not for being slaves of fashion.

Thanks to frequent comment-leaver S.E. for the excavation of this superb image. — CC


The Illustrated Man: Midcentury Magazine Artist Joe Bowler

Wed 14 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Historic Images — Christian
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While performing a Google Image search for some random terminology recently, I came across an illustration that caught my eye. It turned out to be from an artist named Joe Bowler who made his living in the ’50s and ’60s doing advertising and magazine illustrations.

Quite a few have details that would interest us here, such as the guy above, with buckle-back chinos and rep-striped billfold. (Continue)

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