Avirex M-421a flight jacket repro


This jacket was made in the USA by Avirex Ltd. based upon the 1940s M-421a cotton flight jacket. It has the distinctive diamond shaped reinforcements on the sleeves, belt back and patch pockets.  The unbranded bell shaped zipper is a decent approximation of the original, which wouldn’t be fully reproduced for years after the production run of this jacket. The jacket is, like the original, unlined, with an inside pocket.
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 21-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25-1/4″

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1960s Ralph Edwards G-1 flight jacket


This vintage G-1 flight jacket was made in the early 1960s. It has a half-belt back with bi-swing shoulders, a Conmar zipper front, rust colored mouton collar and knit collar and cuffs.

Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled = 43″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 24-1/2″

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1930s leather half-belt jacket


This vintage leather jacket was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s.  It has a pleated half-belt back, a Talon zipper front with sunburst stopbox and a zipper on the breast pocket which I have never seen before. The pockets are flapped and it has button cuffs.
Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″ (doubled = 47″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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1940s capeskin leather half-belt jacket


This vintage leather jacket was made in the mid to late 1940s.  It has a yoked front and back with double breast pockets, button adjuster cuff straps, a belted back and a Talon zipper front. It has a quilted lining.
Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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1930s double mackinaw


This vintage mackinaw coat was made in the 1930s.  It has a caped front, double layer back and trimmed adjusters on the cuffs.  .
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27-1/2″

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Green shawl collar cardigan sweater


This vintage cardigan sweater was hand knit from green wool.  It has a broad shawl collar, small pockets and a bold knit.
Chest (pit to pit, unstretched): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 34″

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Brooks leather cafe racer jacket


This vintage leather jacket was made in Detroit, Michigan by Brooks. It has Talon zipper and bi-swing shoulders.
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25-1/4″

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On the Road- Helena, Feb 20

We went off to Helena on Feb 20.

Our first stops, in Townsend, were a bit bizarre.  I’ve had good luck at the antique mall there before, and while it’s still mostly antiques, a tanning parlor has moved into one of the booths, while another is selling nothing but discount toilet paper and tissues. The windowless junk shop at the other end of downtown said it was open, and sure enough, the door was unlocked, but the lights were off and no one was in. We awkwardly let ourselves out. We’ve been to Helena enough times at this point that we’ve pretty much seen the sights- the downtown, the neighborhoods, the back alleys, the sprawl and the hidden gems.  No, this trip was strictly business, hitting the shops looking for vintage clothes and things for the bus. I made some pretty good finds, a Pendleton half-belt gabardine jacket, ’40s 3 piece suit, a few other jackets, shirts and odds and ends. One of my favorite thrift shops in town separates the vintage clothing from the regular stock and puts it in its own room. The prices are a bit more than the regular racks, but nothing outrageous. Unfortunately, it was closed off with caution tape this time around and the lights were off. The side room at one of the antique malls where last time I was there I found buckets of hundreds of vintage neckties was also closed off. I probably bought them out.  Ha! It’s always funny going back to antique stores and seeing the same things that haven’t sold for several years. Sometimes, it’s a blessing, like in Billings where I’ve come back and bought things months later when I had the money and sure enough, they were still there.  Sometimes it’s just clutter, the kind of thing you wonder, “who would buy this”, and realize the answer is “no one”.

I struggle with being recognized. The vintage clothing world is a small one and can sometimes get competitive and weird. On the whole, though, I’ve found dealers more than willing to help each other out and I make an active effort to share my research on brands and labels openly. And it’s always heartwarming for me to run into people in real life and hear that my guide on zippers or Woolrich labels or whatever it happens to be has helped someone to date a piece of clothing. I had found something I wanted at one of the shops on this trip, and as always seems to happen with the things I want, it hadn’t been priced yet. When researching the label to see how much to charge me, the first website that popped up was mine.  I have the same problem when researching things myself. This site seems to be one of the few places that archives past sales and information (other than some of the spectacular Japanese dealers whose pictures I drool over and whose text google translates hamhandedly) and google searches feed my own photos back to me when I try to see what else is out there.  Thankfully, we were able to find a price that suited both of us.

A fun and successful trip, on the whole. On to the next.


Some of the finds- I kept a shirt for myself and my roommate snagged a m1950 field jacket before it was shot..
I found a nice WWII issue peacoat at the last thrift shop we hit, but wasn’t able to buy it- it had been set aside as a free coat for the homeless as part of a drive and they wouldn’t pull it on a paying basis.

Pendleton half-belt jacket


This vintage jacket was made in the mid-late 1940s by the Pendleton Woolen Mills of Portland Oregon from wool gabardine.  It has a Talon zipper front, belt adjuster cuffs, handwarmer pockets, a zipped breast pocket and a belted back with side adjusters

Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″

Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″

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