G-1 leather flight jacket General Zipper

This vintage leather jacket is a USN G-1 flight jacket. It has a half-belt, bi-swing back, knit cuffs and waistband, button closure patch pockets with a pencil slot and a button throat latch on the underside of the collar. The main zip is a General, which bears a striking resemblance to Talon’s toolings. The interior wind flap has been cut off, the tag removed, and the original owner’s name marked out on the lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to end of knit): 24″
Length (base of collar to end of waistband): 24″

 photo IMG_0001-4.jpg

 photo IMG_0007-5.jpg

 photo IMG_0009-3.jpg

 photo IMG_0010-9.jpg

 photo IMG_0011-3.jpg

 photo IMG_0013-7.jpg

 photo IMG_0016-4.jpg

 photo IMG_0019-5.jpg

G-1 Leather Flight Jacket AOPA

This vintage leather jacket is a USN G-1 flight jacket. It has a half-belt, bi-swing back, knit cuffs and waistband, button closure patch pockets with a pencil slot and a button throat latch on the underside of the collar. There is a patch for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association on the chest, attached by pinbacks rather than stitching.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to end of knit): 24-1/2″
Length (base of collar to end of waistband): 24″

 photo IMG_0002-6.jpg

 photo IMG_0003-5.jpg

 photo IMG_0008-5.jpg

 photo IMG_0009-4.jpg

 photo IMG_0013-6.jpg

 photo IMG_0014-7.jpg

 photo IMG_0015-4.jpg

 photo IMG_0016-5.jpg

1930s Pritzker Air-O-Coat leather cossack jacket

This vintage leather jacket was made c.1936-1937 by A. Pritzker & Sons, Inc. of Boston, MA. The jacket is a Cossack style, with a fancy belted back. The 3/4 zip with 1/4 button detailing, borrowed from “Gaucho” style shirts of the period, enjoyed a brief stint of popularity in 1936-1937 before falling out of favor. Pritzker & Sons was owned by Aaron Pritzker and had a factory at 1020 Washington Street, Boston, MA. They are probably now best known for their USN G-1 flight jackets, although prior to WWII, they were a prolific maker of civilian styles. This one was sold as the “Air-O-Coat”, conjuring up the romantic imagery of 1930s aviators.

The jacket has an early Talon Hookless style grommet zipper.. The jacket is lightweight and partially lined, as is typical of these early windbreaker styles. The shoulder yoke is lined, as are the cuffs. It has a half-belt back with one of the fanciest pleated back styles I’ve seen. Pockets are D-style due to the unlined construction.
The jacket was bought by Bucky Wadon around 1937. Wadon played football, hockey and baseball during the 1930s and served in WWII.
With a 42″ chest measurement, this would best fit someone who wears a size 36 or 38 jacket. The sleeves are uncommonly long for most jackets I’ve found from this era, perfect for the taller guy. The leather is still soft and supple and the jacket is still very wearable.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 20″

 photo IMG_0060.jpg

 photo IMG_0061.jpg

 photo IMG_0062-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0064.jpg

 photo IMG_0065.jpg

 photo IMG_0067.jpg

 photo IMG_0070-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0071-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0073.jpg

 photo IMG_0074-1.jpg

 photo wadon2.jpg

 photo 56wm.jpg

 photo 32101_B017992-004171-Copy.jpg

WWII USN swimsuit

These vintage swim trunks were late-war issue, made for the United States navy. They are wool, with a diamond shaped crotch gusset and belt loops. They have a modern web belt.

Waist (unstretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Waist (stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Side Seam: 9″
Rise: 11″

 photo usn.jpg

 photo IMG_0115.jpg

 photo IMG_0116.jpg

 photo IMG_0117.jpg

WWII USN swimsuit – 42

These vintage swim trunks were made during WWII for the United States Navy. They are a large size 42 waist, and were sold to me as New Old Stock, probably because of their uncommon size. They were manufactured for the Clothing Supply Office from 100% wool. They were made under contract no. N140-62236s-39527B. They have a high waisted cut, a drawstring waist, flapped coin/key pocket, and diamond shaped crotch gusset. The front is lined with soft cotton.

Waist (unstretched): 14-1/2″ (doubled = 29″)
Waist (stretched): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Side Seam: 12″
Rise: 17″

 photo IMG_0069.jpg

 photo IMG_0070.jpg

 photo IMG_0071.jpg

 photo IMG_0073.jpg

 photo IMG_0075.jpg

Steve Alan Shawl Collar Deck Jacket

This Shawl Collar deck jacket seems to be from Steve Alan’s 2009-2010 collection. Originally, depending on the store, it sold somewhere in the $350-$475 range, so not a cheap jacket. Proudly made in the USA. People go on about how much better US made goods are, and I agree from a standpoint of employment. Yet sometime between me ordering this jacket and it arriving, the bottom snap fell off. And within five minutes of me owning it, the second one dropped off. Thankfully, snap replacement is cheap, and it’s a great looking style, but for a jacket made in the USA and sold at that price, I would expect less shoddy workmanship.


This lightweight cotton jacket was made in the USA by Steve Alan. It is unworn, with tags, but the two bottom snaps have dropped off. It has patch cargo pockets and handwarmer pockets. The style takes influence from WWII deck jackets.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″







Vietnam era G-1 leather flight jacket

To compare with one made about 20 years before this, see this post.


This vintage leather G-1 flight jacket dates from the Vietnam war era. It feels like it may be one of the cowhide ones as opposed to the usual goat. It has a bi-swing back, and knit cuffs and waistband. The zipper is missing the puller, and is separating from the leather in some places- so it needs to be replaced. The leather has all been freshly cleaned and conditioned, however, it still has a mildew smell from decades of storage which I have been unable to remove, so keep that in mind.

Chest: 20″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Shoulder to end of knit: 24″