1920s Wright and Ditson canvas tennis bag

This vintage canvas bag was mad by Wright & Ditson. It fastens at the end with a Talon Hookless fastener. At this point, the product was still known as Hookless, while the product was known as Talon. This has the transitional pull design which bears both the Hookless and the Talon names, with patent dates 3-20-17, 10-16-17, 11-25-19, 10-13-25, and 12-22-25 on the back . Consistent with this early date, the slider is unmarked and the end has D shaped stoppers. The ball pouch on the front of the bag has a Greek key trim patterned snap, made by the United States Fastener company, which merged in 1929 with Carr to form United Carr. This hardware pre-dates that merger, which puts the dating of this bag somewhere in the 1926-1930 range. The bag was originally owned by Elmer Giesick of Billings, Montana.

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M1926 shawl collar mackinaw

This vintage jacket is a prewar version of a US army shawl collar mackinaw. The most notable difference from the wartime version is that this is unlined. There are twin breast pockets inside, as well as taped seams. The coat has large patch pockets, with buttoned flaps. The sleeves have buttoned adjuster belts. The jacket has a slimmer, slightly longer cut than the wartime version. This one is pressed to roll to the second button, accentuating that length. It was made by the Lilley Ames company of Columbus, Ohio, and issued to a “Jason Bower”. The name “O. Spencer” is visible directly above, written faintly in pencil. This would best fit someone in the size 36 to 38 range.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length: 36″

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Blue Streak Union Suits – 1926

An early menswear usage of the Hookless fastener. Union suits were the most common type of mens underwear from the 1900s-1920s. For years, manufacturers experimented with new designs to reduce the number of buttons, and the complexities of the design. More often than not, these solutions actually made the designs significantly more complex, and did not catch on.
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