RRL shirt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401051449777

This shirt was made by Ralph Lauren under their RRL line.  Drawing influence from work shirts of the 1930s, it has a red and white dot fabric, with a chinstrap, side entry to the breast pocket for a pocket watch, angled buttonhole for a watch chain, asymmetric pockets, pencil pocket, false half-placket and ralph’s take on a vintage union label.

Tagged size: M
Neck: 15-5/8″
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″

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1930s chinstrap half-zip shirt

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This vintage shirt was made in the 1930s by Duxbak in Utica, New York from plaid wool fabric from the Newton Woolen Mills of Homer, New York.  It has a half-zip front with an early Talon zipper and a two button chinstrap.
Collar: 14″
Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″

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1930s Merrill Woolen Mills chinstrap work shirt

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This vintage shirt was made in the 1930s in Merrill, Wisconsin by the Merrill Woolen Mills. It is made of red and black wool, with a two-button extended stand collar chinstrap. It has a half-length placket, long tails and two breast pockets.

Collar: 15″
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″_
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff):24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31-1/2″

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Duxbak half-zip chinstrap work shirt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401023026571
This vintage shirt was made in the 1930s by Duxbak in Utica, New York from plaid wool fabric from the Newton Woolen Mills of Homer, New York. It has a half-zip front with an early Talon zipper and a two button chinstrap.

Collar: 14″
Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″

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Early 1930s cut down Cossack Jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the early 1930s, probably between about 1930 and 1934. This style, with the plain back, side panels with buckle adjusters, leather waistband and small patch pockets, was one of the first jacket styles to become popular following the invention of the separable bottomed zipper in 1930. The jacket has a buttoned throat latch / chinstrap, and while the zipper is a 1950s Conmar, replacing what would likely have been a double branded Hookless/Talon, the grommets from the original zip are still in place at the waistband.

Chest (pit to pit): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 15″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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1930s Albert Richard Grizzly jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Fried Ostermann between 1936 and 1938 under the Albert Richard Sportswear label. The jacket is made of front quarter horsehide leather, with mouton panels and collar. Originally sold as a “Laskinlamb jacket”, this style has come to be known by collectors as the Grizzly. These were popular in the mid to late 1930. The jacket has Albert Richard’s patented Tu-Length cuffs, which have buttons on either side, allowing them to be worn down for a longer sleeve or turned up and buttoned for a shorter sleeve length. The jacket has a Talon main zipper with a grommet style stopbox. The slider is of the deco sunburst design with oval slider-to-puller connection, which was only produced in the mid 1930s and which was replaced by a simpler design around 1938. The pull is a rectangular holed, plain backed version, also typical of mid 1930s production. The jacket is lined with plaid wool, with leather pit guards and ventilation grommets. The sleeves have knit storm cuffs to keep out the wind. The collar has a buttoned chinstrap throat latch to cinch it up tight in bad weather.

Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff, turned down): 26″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff, turned up): 24″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 21-1/2″

A history of Albert Richard which I wrote for “The Art of Vintage Leather Jackets”:
Fried-Ostermann was founded c.1902 as a glove manufacturer. They bought out their competitor, Price Gloves, and relocated production of that company’s products to their original factory, located at 617-645 Reed Street, Milwaukee, WI. By 1915, the company had gained a partner, and was known as the Fried, Ostermann, Meyer Co, but that looks to only have lasted until 1917. As the company grew, they relocated to 1645 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI.
Fried-Ostermann diversified out of gloves and into outerwear in the late 1920s with the formation of a new division of the company, called Albert Richard. The leather jackets, mackinaws, overcoats and sportswear produced by Albert Richard would soon come to eclipse the glove-making side of the company.
Pre-war advertising stressed health and sports, with endorsements from college football players. These ads also talk about bringing items of clothing which were previously thought of as workwear, like mackinaws and leather jackets, into the realm of ordinary streetwear, citing their comfort and durability.
During WWII, the Albert Richard factory made A-2 (contract AC 23383), M-422A (contract 1406A), M444A and M445A flight jackets under the name of their parent company, Fried-Ostermann. They advertised leather jackets, overcoats and sportswear heavily during WWII, giving their jackets model names like the “Spitfire” and the “Meteor”. During the war, the company gave away wall-sized posters showing a range of american military airplanes.
850 workers were employed by Albert r in 1946, with plans to hire another 400. The company was one of the first to use fiberglass insulation in coats, a technology borrowed from b-29 bombers Sheepskin collared “storm coats” became a signature model after the war.
President of Fried-Ostermann, Richard Fried, sold their Albert Richard Division to the Drybak corporation of Binghampton, NY in late 1952. Drybak, a maker of canvas hunting clothing was looking to diversify their line. In the deal, they got the licensing, branding, patterns, dealership network, but other than the Vice President and designer for Albert Richard, all of the employees and equipment stayed at the plant in Milwaukee. Fried-Osterman re-focused the attention of their plant on the production of gloves, and on producing leather jackets under house labels for mail order and department stores.
Starting in 1953, under Drybak’s ownership, Albert Richard clothing was once again produced, this time under contract at a factory in New Jersey, which Drybak declined to name. The plan at that time was to have production moved to New York by 1954. Labels were changed in this period to read “Albert Richard by Drybak”. In 1955, Drybak acquired the Martin Mfg. Co. in Martin, TN. They closed their Binghamton operations in that same year and relocated their hunting clothing manufacturing and their Albert Richard division to the Tennessee plant to take advantage of the lower labor costs in the south.

1930s Plaid Workshirts

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This vintage shirt was made in the 1930s for Montgomery Ward. It is made from a red and black wool buffalo plaid. It has two breast pockets, square cut, jacket style tails, large cat-eye buttons and the streamlined MW Montgomery Ward logo.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder:17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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This vintage shirt was made in the 1930s for Montgomery Ward. It is made from a red and black wool buffalo plaid, with a cotton lined collar stand. It has two breast pockets, gusseted tails and Montgomery Ward’s name in a script logo.

Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″ (doubled = 47″)
Shoulder to shoulder:17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 21-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″

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This vintage shirt was made in the 1930s by Cascade Brand. It is made from a red and black wool buffalo plaid, with a cotton lined collar stand. It has two breast pockets and gusseted tails.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″(doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder:17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 20″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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1930s J.O. Ballard chinstrap workshirt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281590439297
This vintage shirt was made by the J.O. Ballard woolen mills of Malone, New York. It is made of a red and green plaid. It has flapped breast pockets, a chinstrap (extension collar stand) and vertical keyhole buttonholes.
J.O. Ballard was founded in 1888 by Jay Olin Ballard, and traded alternately under the J.O Ballard name and the name, Malone Woolen Mills. The company began making wool outdoorsman’s breeches in 1891 and followed up with mackinaw coats like this one. They were famous for their Malone plaid- gray with red and green overchecks. Coats of this cut were advertised to hunters, hikers, mountain climbers, lumberjacks, workmen and all other stripes of outdoorsmen. The depression closed the company in 1933. It re-opened again in 1935 with the assistance of an Reconstruction Finance Corporation loan, a depression era loan program.

Collar: 15″
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28″

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Ralph Lauren Rugby work shirt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271739023590
This workshirt was made between 2004 and 2013 by Ralph Lauren as part of their now defunct Rugby line. The style is influenced by Big Yank work shirts of the 1930s. It has a chinstrap collar stand, embroidered ventilation eyelets, vintage style buttons, buttoned breast pockets, Ralph Lauren’s take on a vintage union label and U shaped reinforcement yokes.

Tagged Size: Small
Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″
Collar: 15″

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