1950s TEST workwear jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271900914440
This vintage work jacket was made by Rice-Stix Sportswear under the TEST freeze proof workwear label. It is made of cotton twill, with a bi-swing back, a prentice zipper and a red and black checked wool lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled = 43″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 22″

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1950s Allsports Supply Co jersey

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This vintage jersey was made in the 1950s in Great Falls Montana by the Allsports Supply Co for the Palmer Construction Company. It is two tone red and white with raglan sleeves and a chainstitched felt patch on the chest.

Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Chest (pit to pit, stretched): 25″ (doubled = 50″)

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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.

1940s Shanhouse Bold Look two-tone mackinaw jacket

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This vintage coat was made in 1947-1948 by Shanhouse Bros of Rockford, Illinois. This coat was featured in their “Bold Look” advertising campaign, and has a brick red blanket wool body with contrasting trim, sleeves and caped shoulders in red and white plaid. As is typical of mackinaws of this era, it is unlined, save for the shoulders. The jacket has a Talon zipper, with a U shaped Talon marked stopbox that was produced in the late 1940s.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 30″

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Reproduction leather and plaid jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271162993951

This reproduction jacket has a great vintage style. Leather front and collar, with zipper breast pocket and round stitching on the pockets. Belt back with side adjusters, and yoked shoulders. Diamond weave green and black wool plaid. There is leather reinforcement on the cuffs and leather patches on the elbows.

Chest: 23″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″

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Gordon and Ferguson Field and Stream plaid western jacket

I saw one of these on Ira Gitlin at the Blob’s Park Buddy Holly tribute concert back in early February, and commented on what a cool jacket it was.  Somewhat weirdly, the next day I found a nearly identical jacket and snapped it up.  It’s funny how the world works.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/281070743767

This vintage jacket was made in the 1950s by Gordon and Ferguson of St. Paul, MN under their Field and Stream label. It is a western style jacket, with peak lapels, buttoned saddlebag pockets, and a yoked back with bi-swing shoulders.

Chest: 22″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Shoulder to cuff: 24″

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Du-Val Shawl Collar Corduroy jacket

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I’ve never seen another jacket like this.  It’s brown corduroy with patch pockets and a dinner jacket style shawl collar. Part hollywood jacket, part tuxedo, part smoking jacket.   It has a link style button closure with shiny brown sportswear style buttons.  It is unvented and has no buttons on the sleeves.  The jacket is fully lined, with one of the coolest labels I’ve seen.  The label states that the jacket was styled by Devonshire of Toronto, and the brand is Du-Val (The Most Durable Values) established in 1924.  There is a small spot on the left shoulder seam where the stitching has let go, but that would be easily mended.
Chest: 22″ (doubled = 44″ = size 40)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length: 31″
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