Thursday, September 29, 2011

1930's 1940's Wool & Leather Sporting Jacket

This one just popped up on eBay! I know the auction's not completed, but what the heck, it's not my size and it's sure to go through the roof (or disappear into the beyond). What's that Little Richard said? "My big toe shot up in my boot"! This is one amazing jacket and in fantastic condition as well. No tag, but they often seem to go by the wayside on many, many things that are that old. Dig it in all of it's majesty!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Best of eBay

SFVM New Chore Caps!

The San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co. has just made available for purchase this fantastic new Bear Brand chore cap. I have one of their earlier caps and it's in top rotation in my cap collection. Be sure to pick one up as I'm sure they'll go fast.

Just in case you didn't already know, SFVM & Bear Brand are the genius of workwear collector Warren over at the Vintage Workwear Blog. Everything that Warren does oozes quality and authenticity!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Gang Boy" (1954)

Just caught this classic flick on TCM the other night! It's a movie short on the woes of being in a gang in the 1950's. Filmed in Pamona, CA it features actual gang members and community leaders. Not the best acting, but the clothes, cars, etc.. make it worth the time it takes to watch it.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Jonah Hill x Conan x The Stronghold

My friend and drummer extraordinaire Pat Morrow spotted a thinned out Jonah Hill wearing what appears to be a The Stronghold herringbone chore coat on Conan!

Most likely this one that's on sale at Orvis:

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hotel De Gink

What in the heck is the "Hotel De Gink"? Apparently, this was a self-run hotel for homeless men and transients. "Gink" is the hobo word for man or gentleman. Interestingly enough I learned that the term hobo came from post Civil War lingo. It was applied to the soldiers that were travelling home by train. Homeward Bound became Hobo (this according to a Civil War Battle Guide friend of mine). I'm sure there are other explanations for the origin of the term, but this one seems pretty reasonable in my eyes.

The original 'Hotel De Gink" was started by a hobo named Jeff Davis in 1913 in Seattle, WA. It later burned down in 1915 and several establishments bearing the same name opened across the United States. This is an interesting statement on the economy at the time as the Great Depression was still a long way off yet.

The photos are from the George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress and feature a slice of daily life at the "Hotel De Gink". Some of them are from New York City in the Bowery. Some did not list or indicate a location.

Ruth Ames & Lightnin' Hopkins - "Finally Met My Baby"

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