This vintage cavalry shirt was made in the 1950s-early 1960s as a film costume for Warner Brothers westerns. The shirt has a strap going from the rear tail to buttons on the front, presumably to keep it tucked in while doing stunts, like the “beaver tails” on old wetsuits or football jerseys. The original brass buttons were removed, as were the shoulder boards, although the mounting hardware and reinforcement for those remains. It was almost definitely used in 1964’s big budget western, “A Distant Trumpet”, which starred Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette and Diane McBain. The shirts in that film are recognizable by their high-cut bibs and full button placket, as opposed to the pullovers favored by the wardrobe departments on other cavalry movies like the John Ford / John Wayne cavalry trilogy.
Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled – 45″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27″
This coat was made by Lakeland for the 1964 winter olympic games in Innsbruck, Austria. It is made of heavy white blanket wool material, with red white and blue knit details. It has a shawl collar, slash handwarmer pockets and buttoned adjuster tabs on the wrists. The coat is lined in blue pile, and has a tag which reads, “Lakeland Sportswear / Parade Coat / Selected for wear by the U.S. Olympic Team / IX Winter Olympic Games / Innsbruck, Austria 1964”. It is tagged a size 40.
These coats were also available in limited numbers as a commemorative model in the winter of 1963. A standard Lakeland “Clicker” car coat sold for $26 at that time. This Olympic Parade Coat sold for more than double, retailing at $55.
Chest (pit to pit): 24″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
This vintage hat was made in 1964 by the Adam Hat Company as part of the uniform worn by US athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games. This particular example was worn by Bob Hoffman of York, Pennsylvania, coach of the US weightlifting team. Bob Hoffman was owner of York Barbell, and one of the inventors of modern weightlifting. 1964 was the last year he coached the US Olympic team,
The hat is made of bone colored fur felt. It has a classic early 1960s fedora/cowboy hybrid styling, similar to Stetson’s iconic “Open Road”, but with a two cord hatband. It has a bound edge and a black leather sweatband. Appropriately, the model name is the “Olympian”. Included in the photos below are a photo of Bob Hoffman wearing this hat at the Olympic Games, as well as two of other athletes wearing this same model which show more detail.