Monday Grab Bag

Today we feature a random assortment of vintage images that have been lying around in an old shoe box, metaphorically speaking.

And yes that’s a pun on “shoe;” after all, some of these images are from Yale.


This one, however, is from an altogether different kind of campus shop:


College men were once the leaders of fashion and closely watched by the trades:

Then they went on to join the rat race/old boys network, and probably ended up looking something like this:


At least until the reunion.


9 Comments on "Monday Grab Bag"

  1. I don’t care to meet myself ten years from now because I most likely will have been canceled by then. I’m currently feeling as obsolete as the Bell Telephone System… fugit!

  2. Hardbopper | July 28, 2020 at 8:09 am |

    The HIS Post-Grads, although described as slim and tapered, appear to fit nicely, depicted with a slight break without “cloth puddling”. I do prefer just a touch more width at the cuff, and if cut too slim at the hips, the front pockets flare. I wonder if the rear pocket flaps could be neatly tucked in.

  3. “College men.” Now, there is an oxymoron in the 21st century. Wonderful images though.

    Best Regards,


  4. The chappie in the Yale Co-op sweater ad is holding up a copy of “Wife” magazine. I wonder if this was before Playboy came out.

  5. MacMcConnell | July 28, 2020 at 9:34 am |

    I would advise always buying trousers to fit at the hips and have the waist altered.

  6. Old School Tie | July 28, 2020 at 12:49 pm |

    Pleats. The solution to all of that…

  7. Charlottesville | July 28, 2020 at 1:42 pm |

    Lots of pinned club collars, of which I to am fond. I particularly like the look of the chap in the POW suit and repp stripe, and the photo above it of a nice houndstooth tweed. My guess is that the former is from the 50s and, judging form the width of the hat brim, the latter is 1940s. The pipe-smoking lads campus illustrations above these also look great in a 1930s way. Am I close on the dates?

  8. Charlottesville | July 28, 2020 at 3:41 pm |

    Sorry for the typos above. That’s what I get for multitasking.

  9. I can’t see why this comments section could have a bad rap. It’s a place where we politely point out the subtleties of punctuation and apologize for typos.

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