Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jim Thorpe - Metro Times Detroit

My friend and writer Michael Jackman has done a nice piece on Jim Thorpe in this week's edition of the Metro Times. Dig it HERE!

1940's WWII U.S. Navy Denim Trousers

Wow! This really nice personalized pair of denim dungarees sold for $383 recently on eBay. Nice patina with some repairs, this exceeded my thoughts on what they would sell for. Word to the wise when buying a pair of these, the hips are the same as the waist so buy 1 size larger than you normally would.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster

I'm not a huge car guy, but being from Detroit and a fan of FoMoCo this work of art caught my eye. Ok, let me qualify that last statement - I love old cars, I just don't own one. Anyhow, this speedster was built by Edsel Ford and sold at auction in 2008 for a whopping 1.8 million dollars! The car was restored by RM restorations in Ontario, CA and debuted at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, CA last Sunday.

Here it is in it's newly restored condition:

This is what it looked like when it sold at auction in 2008:

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

This Fall - Ken Burns' "Prohibition" Series

America's fascination with the 1920's and prohibition era fuels up with this latest 3 part documentary series by Ken Burns. Set to begin airing on October 2nd at 8pm est on PBS, it's sure to be as riveting as all of Burns' other series.  Mark your calenders and set your DVR's. Here's a sneak preview:

1940's Switchboard Overall Co. Denim Chore Jacket

I've never seen or heard of this brand before, so I'm not surprised that this jacket ended for over $2K yesterday on eBay! Simple railroad styling, it has no other markings besides the name on the donut hole buttons. Could it be earlier? Possibly, but I could find nothing on this company floating around on the net. Anyone else have some info. on this manufacturer? BTW, the seller had a second jacket of the same brand but lesser condition that sold for just over $860...sort of shot himself in the foot by listing two at the same time I think.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kenneth Castleman - "Matchbox"

"Ask Me, Don't Tell Me" (1961) - Teenage Gangs in San Francisco

I'd seen this documentary a while back, but a FB pal Josh reminded me about them this week. It's an interesting film produced by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) which is affiliated with Quakers. In the film, gang members are introduced to Youth Service program to give them something to do and keep them out of trouble. There is a two part series on YouTube (see below) and the entire film HERE!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Mine Fresh Finds - Denim Spelunking!

Michael Harris, author of "Jeans of the Old West" is working on gathering data for his next book. Like many other research fields, denim archaeology requires getting your hands dirty! Michael hunts down many of his finds in abandoned mines accompanied by his father-in-law or other helpers.  Here's a few of his amazing finds:

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rising Sun Props!

No really, Mike Hodis and co. are making WWII life vests for an upcoming movie! More info (and photos) on the Rising Sun blog.

Tony Casanova - "Showdown"

1940's Double Duty Jacket

Who says you can't sell wool jackets in the hottest month of the year? This fine example of a 1940's work jacket by Double Duty sold for a cool $676 on eBay yesterday. Love it's simple classic lines and details. Can't tell if it's navy or black though?


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