1930s Wool men’s Malibu swimsuit

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This vintage swimsuit was made in the late 1930s by Malibu. It is made of burgundy wool, with a false fly and a key/coin pocket with a buttoned, scalloped flap. The sides are double piped with yellow wool, there is a diamond shaped crotch gusset for a more comfortable fit, and the suit has a yellow textured web belt with a fancy buckle. The brand was named after Malibu beach, and advertised it as “The Beach of the Stars”, a clever way to associate itself with the Hollywood elite without necessarily having any of them as endorsers.

Tagged size: 36
Waist (unstretched): 14″ (doubled = 28″)
Waist (Stretched): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Side seam: 12″
Rise: 15-1/2″

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1950s Jeweled Studded Belt

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This vintage studded jeweled belt was made in the 1950s from Pennant Steerhide. It has an embossed floral pattern, red, blue, amber and green jewels, a western “good luck” horsehshoe and cloverleaf buckle, retainer and end. It measures 29-1/2″ at the smallest hole and 33″ at the largest. This would probably fit someone who wears size 30 pants the best.

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Ralph Lauren Deck Jacket

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This jacket was made by Ralph Lauren under the Polo label. Its design is heavily influenced by early pattern USN N-1 deck jackets. It blends the styling of the button and the hook front ones. It is made from 100% cotton, in a soft knit. The jacket has a bell shaped Talon zipper, knit collar, cuffs and waistband. It has semicircular patch pockets, ventilation grommets at the underarms, a fly front and a buttoned throat latch / chinstrap.

Tagged Size: L
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to end of cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to end of waistband): 27″

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1940s hunting coat

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This vintage hunting coat is made from brown canvas, with a brown corduroy collar. It has large cargo pockets with shotgun shell loops inside, reinforced shoulders and an internal buttoned game pouch. It is half-lined with plaid flannel.

Chest (pit to pit): 26″ (doubled = 52″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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Active Sportswear Hunting Vest

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This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1950s. It was sold by Sears under the Active sportswear label. Due to similarity in design and construction to their product, I would guess that this was made under contract by the Empire Mfg. Co. It has two large cargo pockets on the front with shotgun shell loops inside. There is a game pouch on the back.

Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled =43″)
Length: 24-3/4″

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Peters Bros Shady Oaks Fifty

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This vintage hat was made in the 1950s by Peters Brothers Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas. It is “The Texas Hat” – the Shady Oaks Banker’s Special. Later models would change the name to the Shady Oak, dropping the s. These were the models famously presented to presidents, and worn by wealthy Texas oilmen. It retailed for $50 in the 1950s, an extremely expensive hat for the time, and the quality really shows. I would say it is comparable to Stetson’s 7X Clear Beaver felt of the period.
The beaver felt hoods used in these earlier models were made in Switzerland. I have read they used these imported felt bodies because mercury processing was still done in Switzerland at that time, which resulted in a higher quality felt.

Size: 7-3/8
Brim Width: 3″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″

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1940s Sawyer Barker Pine Tree shirt

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This vintage shirt was made by the Sawyer Barker Co. of Portland, Maine, makers of Pine Tree Brand garments. ¬†They were known for their workwear and their cone denim overalls. They had a factory at 120-126 Center Street. The “Made in Maine for over 50 years” dates this shirt to the 1940s.¬†Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (42″)
Tagged size: 16″
Collar: 15-1/2″
Shoulder to shoulder: 16-1/2″
Sleeve (Shoulder to cuff): 22″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28-1/2″

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1950 JC Higgins hunting coat

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This vintage coat was made in the early 1950s for Sears. It was sold under the JC Higgins label. It is made from heavy red and black plaid mackinaw cloth. There are handwarmer pockets and flapped cargo pockets. There is a game pouch on the back. The coat is lined in a different plaid, with rayon linings in the sleeves. This model can be seen in the page from the 1950 Sears catalog below. This model goes back with few changes to the 1930s, but earlier models had patch cargo pockets.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 29″

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1930s Brewster Mackinaw

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This vintage mackinaw coat was made in Camden, Maine by the J.A. Brewster company. The company was founded in the 19th century by Jarvis Adelbert Brewster. The company produced high quality outerwear for the harsh Maine winters, with locations in Camden and Freeport Maine. The LL Bean flagship store would later be built at the site of Brewster’s Freeport location. Brewster produced the first run of red wool outdoorsman’s shirts for the Boy Scouts in the 1940s.

This coat was made in the late 1930s. The style is pure function, with an oversized collar to block out harsh winter winds. A throat latch / chinstrap makes sure it stays snug when up. The coat is double breasted, with handwarmer pockets on the chest and patch pockets on the hips. As was the style up through the 1930s, this coat is unlined. To make up for the lack of lining and still retain warmth, these early coats were made of super thick wool. After WWII, when lighter weight coats began to be more popular, quilted linings made up for the lower quality of the shell. This one has some of the thickest wool I’ve seen on this type of coat. The tag position is consistent with the dating- later coats by this maker generally had the tag on the inside by the collar.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (collar to hem): 30″

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