Green shawl collar cardigan sweater

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272166243119

This vintage cardigan sweater was hand knit from green wool.  It has a broad shawl collar, small pockets and a bold knit.
Chest (pit to pit, unstretched): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 34″

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On The Road – Whitehall, MT

The plan was to make a run yesterday down to Dillon, in Southwest Montana. We stopped in Butte for lunch at the reopened M&M cigar store (founded 1890) and at a few antique shops. After a stop at Rediscoveries Vintage Clothing and a lot of shop talk with owner Brian Mogren, who’s owned it since 1980 and really knows his vintage, it started to snow. With deteriorating road conditions in the direction we were planning on traveling, we were forced to turn back to Bozeman, making a brief stop on the way back in Whitehall for some photos.

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On The Road – Red Lodge

Last week, we headed off to Big Timber, about an hour west of here. It’s always been a quick stop on the way to other places, and I’ve never had it as a destination; never really spent a lot of time there. We found a large antique store on the outskirts of town we’d never been to before- “Country Crossroads”, with a sign saying “gifts and crafts” and a front parking lot full of wrought iron patio furniture. It looked like the kind of place we generally pass up, the type of place which deals in scented candles, reproductions and those tack-welded metal letters you see everywhere now. But we were determined to really do Big Timber this time around, so we stopped. Not a craft or gift-shop tchotchke in sight. All good vintage and antiques, all organized by type, size and color. It killed me to pass on a set of large Halliburton aluminum cases, but with the big trip coming up, the less large things like that I buy, the less I have to put into storage.
We swung through Livingston on the way back home, hitting and striking out at my favorite thrift shops. While Alex was out getting some more shots for an upcoming photo series. I popped into Mountain West Mercantile, to visit with its owner and my friend, Tamara Mason. After some shop talk, she showed me a couple of western suits that had just come into her shop. Oddly, the market for that style is much stronger in Europe than it is in the US. It’s easier for me to sell them online to someone in the UK or Germany than it is for her to sell that particular shade of vintage westernwear at a shop specializing in vintage westernwear in the American west. The vintage market is bizarre sometimes. I somehow left a pair of pants from one of the suits behind in the shuffle and in a typically Montana act, she drove over the mountain the next day to hand deliver them. Again, I can’t recommend her store enough- if you’re here, you have to stop.

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Yesterday’s trip was to Red Lodge, MT. Red Lodge boomed in the early part of the century following a coal strike in the 1890s. The mines largely closed during the depression. Tourism bolstered the town’s economy in the 1930s following the construction of the Beartooth Highway and it now straddles the fine line between upscale ski-town and down on its luck Montana mining town. The “antique mall” in town turned out to be a relatively small storefront shop dealing in old-west reproductions and rifles, and the thrift shop inside a senior center, while clean and organized, didn’t have much stock older than the 1990s. The antique shop and thrift shop on the way back, in Columbus, Montana were both closed in that typically small town way that makes you wonder if it means closed for the day or closed for good. So 300-some miles on the car and a tank and a half of gas and nothing for the shop to show for it.

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But, as you can see, an interesting town. We were struck by the herds of deer and especially by the dozens of wild turkeys roaming the downtown. Deer on the steps of the courthouse. Turkeys at city hall!

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1930s half-belt leather jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272099329843

This vintage jacket was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s. Made from capeskin leather, it has a bell shaped Conmar zipper front, a buttoned throat latch, belt back, side adjusters and pleated back.

Tagged size: 46
Chest (pit to pit): 24-1/4″ (doubled = 49″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 24″

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1920s KACO Smart Clothes overcoat

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272099405600

This vintage coat was made by KACO- Smart Clothes – Made Right in the 1920s.  It has an incredible zig zag brown weave to the fabric, a relatively square cut with a double breasted closure, low set lazy peak lapels and a breast pocket. It is half-lined with a vertical inside pocket.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 46″

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Windward horsehide jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401050452234

This vintage jacket was made in the early-mid 1950s under the Windward label for Montgomery Ward. It is made of horse hide leather in a surcoat length half-belt cut. It has handwarmer pockets, a zipped breast pocket and flapped cargo pockets.  The jacket has a quilted lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-3/4″

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1930s Double Mackinaw

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401041929032

This vintage plaid mackinaw was made in the 1930s.  It has a button front, with six pockets, two of which share the pocket flaps of the larger patch pockets upon which they are mounted.  The coat has an unusual cutaway collar with loop closure.  It has a caped back, with side entry game pouch and extended double sleeve/cuffs.  Several versions based on this original model of coat have been produced by Ralph Lauren under both the RRL and Polo lines.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 29-1/4″

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