Blue Bill by Red Head Brand hunting jacket

This vintage jacket was made by Red Head Brand under this sub-label, Blue Bill.

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): 26-3/4″

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1930s Wards Western Field hunting jacket

This vintage jacket was made in the late 1930s-mid 1940s and was sold by Montgomery Ward under their Ward’s Western Field label.  It is made from canvas, with a corduroy collar, game pouch, pleated breast pocket and handwarmer pockets which form the pocket flaps for the cargo pockets.

Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff):22″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28-1/2″

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Hercules half-belt jacket

This vintage jacket was made in the mid-late 1940s and was sold by Sears under their Hercules label.  The jacket is made from a lightweight cotton, with a Crown zipper with two-way teeth, a belted back, handwarmer pockets and belt adjusters on the side.  It is unlined.

Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled = 43″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25-1/4″

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Key Imperial half-belt denim jacket

This vintage jacket was made in the 1950s by Key Imperial.  It is made from denim with a half-belt back and bi-swing shoulders.  It would have originally had a zipper front, but at some point the zipper was replaced with buttons with hand stitched buttonholes.  The jacket has a blanket lining and has had the cuffs patched with a lighter denim.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″

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1970s plaid jacket

This vintage jacket was made between 1968 and 1976, based on the variant of 1949 ACWofA union label in the pocket.  It appears to be deadstock, with the pockets still sewn shut.  The jacket is made of a lightweight fabric in a bold white and gray plaid.  It has a slanted breast pocket, keyhole lapel button hole, flapped pockets, ticket pocket and pleats under the pockets.

Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″

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Tokyo Five denim jacket

This jacket was made by Tokyo Five, loosely based on a 1930s buckle-back denim jacket.  It has a one pocket, pleated front, with handwarmer pockets and wreath style donut buttons, and a buckle back.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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Red Head Brand hunting jacket

This vintage jacket was made in the late 1930s by Red Head Brand. It features their convertible collar, which unzips and conceals a split, zip-up hood.  It has large double-round front pockets and a doubled breast pocket.  The game pouch empties with a hook closure and a zip running down the center.  All zippers are Talon, with one of each of their main styles of pulls that were produced at that time, a rectangular pull with small rectangular hole, a bell shaped pull and a round holed Hookless style pull.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-3/8″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″


A piece I wrote for my website on the history of Red Head:
E.C. Cook & Bro. was founded in Chicago c.1867 by E.C. Cook (b.1845) and his brother F.W. Cook. They were manufacturers of awnings, tents, waterproof wagon,horse and truck covers, flags, banners and canvas signs. Later they expanded range to include hunters’ and tourists’ outfits, including jackets, cartridge vests, leggings, hats, gun and rifle covers, holsters, belts, cartridge belts, rod cases, and boots.
The Red Head brand name first used 1908. In 1915, a half million dollar contract for boots for the British Army was rejected and the company was forced into bankruptcy. Former employee S. Theodore Anderson, who had been with Cook since 1885 became president of the new Alward Anderson Southard Co, formed along with Charles H. Southard and Edward Hendrickson (with Cook since 1897). The new company took over the closed factory, located at 925 W. Chicago Ave, hired 100 new workers, and resumed production of the defunct Cook’s lines.
In 1931, Theodore Anderson died and the company was taken over by his widow, Alma Anderson. The company grew and flourished under her ownership and management, opening a new factory in 1940 at 4300 Belmont Ave. and expanding employment to over 500.
Anderson died in 1956 and the company was taken over by Clarke F. Hine. Red Head was purchased by the Brunswick Blake Collender Co, of bowling ball fame, in December 1959. Brunswick purchased the DryBak company several years later, selling both company’s similar hunting lines for a time in the 1960s.
In 1970, Red Head Brand was again sold and operations relocated to 4949 Joseph Hardin Dr Dallas, Texas.
The brand is currently owned by Bass Pro shops. They have been marketing Red Head as a “heritage brand”, though they do no market any vintage style products, and put the company’s origin in 1856, a date which has no relation anything.

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1960s Brooks leather racing shirt

This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1960s. It is missing its label, but with its late-starting zipper, one snap collar and plain back, it most closely resembles Brooks’s early cafe racers of the period.  It has bi-swing shoulders and zipped cuffs.  Pocket zips are Talon and cuff zips are Serval.  The main zipper has been replaced with a later YKK, It’s a very simple, stripped down racing shirt type pattern, with no extraneous seams or pockets. The cuffs are open style. With the wear and various repairs, this jacket’s clearly seen some action and some love.
Pit to pit:  22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27-3/4″

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