Original Levi’s Climate Sealed jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s by Levi Strauss. Though missing the label (which would read “Climate Sealed / Jacket / Wind and Water / Repellent / Treated with Zelan / Levi Strauss & Co”), it is an unmistakable piece. It has a distinctive cut and equally distinctive detailing, with reinforced shoulders, D shaped zip pockets (with chain Talon zippers), underarm ventilation grommets, elasticized cloth panels on the waistband, a U shaped back yoke with a center pleat, curved reinforcement stitching under the collar and green Talon “sunburst” zipper (the color covers the Talon text on the stopbox on the front, it is visible on the back). This jacket has been reproduced by Levi’s under the LVC line three times, once a few years back, with a secret society style “Globus Hortus” graphic on the back, once in black with patches and more recently in red with simplified details (no back pleat, no grommets).

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23″

 

 

1930s leather half-belt jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s.  It has a pleated half-belt back, a Talon zipper front with sunburst stopbox and a zipper on the breast pocket which I have never seen before. The pockets are flapped and it has button cuffs.
Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″ (doubled = 47″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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1940s capeskin leather half-belt jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the mid to late 1940s.  It has a yoked front and back with double breast pockets, button adjuster cuff straps, a belted back and a Talon zipper front. It has a quilted lining.
Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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Pendleton half-belt jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the mid-late 1940s by the Pendleton Woolen Mills of Portland Oregon from wool gabardine.  It has a Talon zipper front, belt adjuster cuffs, handwarmer pockets, a zipped breast pocket and a belted back with side adjusters
 

Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″

Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″

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SunLife gabardine jacket

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This vintage jacket was made by the Winer Mfg. Co of Hammond, Indiana, makers of Stratojac, under their SunLife label. It has a late ’40s Talon marked U stop zipper and a patch from “Copaigns S.A.C.”. It has hidden side pockets and elasticized sides.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 30″

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Red Head Brand hunting jacket

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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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WWII Colvinex flight jacket

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This vintage jacket was made around 1943, and started off life as an electrically heated CFN-24 flight suit, made with Colvinex metal yarn. It has a wartime Talon zipper with a bell shaped pull and an unmarked deco stopbox. It has a snap throat latch and double snap under collar closure.  These Colvinex suits were popular post-war as motorcycle jacket conversions, as they were extremely well made, durable, inexpensive as surplus, and due to their separable bottom zippers, could be cut down into a jacket style with relative ease.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22-3/4″

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