This vintage fedora hat was made by the John B. Stetson company in the mid 1950s. It is their iconic ” Whippet ” model, with a wide bound brim and a broad ribbon band. It has a brown leather sweatband with the dark style of imprint used briefly by Stetson in the mid 1950s. It is made at the “Royal Stetson” grade, and was sold by Silverwoods of Southern California for an original purchase price of $10.
This vintage jacket was made in the 1950s for a “Bill Story”, a member of the Army 35th Engineer Battalion. The 35th engineers were stationed in Germany from March of 1952 until early 1957, and the jacket dates from within that timeframe. It is satin, in air force blue, with white knit cuffs, collar and waistband. The jacket has a German made “Opti” zipper, the 35th crest embroidered on the back, (ability, courage, results) and the owner’s name embroidered on the front. The lining is quilted.
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
This vintage letterman jacket was made in the 1950s. The shoulder patch says 1956, which could place its date of manufacture anywhere from 1952 and 1956. It is a classic varsity style, with raglan shoulders, a snap front, and knit cuffs, collar, and waistband. The pockets are trimmed in leather. The gold trim on one of the sleeves has worn away on the shoulder, and there are marks from old patches. The wool is heavily worn. This jacket was made by Finch Sportswear of Minnesota, and has great chainsitching on the back of an Indian wearing buckin pants portaging a Canoe.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″
Center of collar to cuff: 35″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25-1/2″
This vintage gabardine shirt was made in the early-mid 1950s by Cowboy Joe. It is their “Las Vegas” model. It is made of two tone gabardine, seafoam for the body, and green for the contrast. It has Rau-Klikit pearl snaps. The male side of the snap second from the top is missing. There are white piped “smile” pockets and fancy five-snap cuffs. The shoulders and collar are chainstitched with rainbow colored ribbon in abstracted flowers and plants. This is the same model of shirt worn by Elvis’s bass player, Bill Black and guitarist, Scotty Moore c. 1954. This example bears the marks of a lifetime of use, with stains and wear to the fabric.
Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
This vintage gabardine shirt was made in the early-mid 1950s by Cowboy Joe. It is made of two tone gabardine, sandy tan for the body, and black for the contrast. Scotty Moore and Bill Black wore this model of shirt in their early days with Elvis, c. 1954. This particular example probably dates from just before that, as it has buttons instead of pearl snaps. It has rainbow ribbon chainstitching of abstracted flowers and plants on the front yoke.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
This vintage jacket was made in the early 1950s by DeLong sportswear. It is made of “Nylodeen”, a miracle fabric advertised heavily in the 1950s, which was a nylon-wool blend in a gabardine weave, designed to shed water more readily than a standard all wool gabardine. The pile collar of this coat was described in period advertisements as being a timme-mouton. It has a front belt, a talon zipper and a quilted lining. It is tagged a size 40.Other than the color and size, the coat worn by Flick in “A Christmas Story” is nearly identical. Tagged size: 40Chest: 23″Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″