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post #166 of 474
Originally Posted by dopey View Post


Felix Frankfurter?
post #167 of 474
Love all the natural, narrow shoulders on those 30s suits.
post #168 of 474
Originally Posted by Parker View Post

Well. THAT was just damned unfortunate. Another half hour and it probably would have been dry.
post #169 of 474
Originally Posted by comrade View Post

Felix Frankfurter?

Nope. It is a 1917 photograph by Alfred Stieglitz of the corduroy suited Buddha's brother. I happened to come across the original today.
post #170 of 474
I found this article today which got me thinking about how suit design has morphed over the years and reflects the ethos of its time. Below is a "half + half suit" from a tailor in Philadelphia named Francis Toscani made as an art piece.

Toscani created this “Half and Half” suit where one half (our right) was executed in the 1950s style, and the brown half reflected the current ’60s suit trends. Toscani’s split personality suit really highlights the changes even within one decade: the ’50s half is 3-buttoned and about 6 inches longer; the leg is much fuller with the assistance of a hidden wait pleat; the shoulder slopes more and follows a longer, broader line; the lapel too is much fuller to emphasize a man’s chest breadth. The brown ’60s side is slimmer everywhere: leg, shoulder, lapel, arm; it is only 2-buttoned, further streamlining the look; I was interested to notice the waist is nipped much higher than the ’50s counterpart, favoring a leggier look over a torso-centric one.

This suit...does what fashion historians and curators must do for themselves — find visual comparisons to highlight trends stand out; this is not as easy as it sounds, especially when dealing with contemporary fashion, as Toscani was (he made this in the early ’60s). Magazines and blogs attempt to track trends and drive sales, but it’s difficult to separate a seasonal micro-trend from a sustained, decade-long one without some time passage.

Also, I was wondering if MC could use a Random Thoughts thread? This sort of thing might go in there. Or if IndianBoyz doesn't mind, we can have more discussion in this thread.
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post #172 of 474
^The difference is surprising.

Found the others. I think I have about a dozen total. Here's a few more from 1939, all clickable for more detail:



This one was ecumenical/inter-religious, with Protestant ministers and a rabbi:


post #173 of 474
Great find, there, Parker. Reminds me that I like the 50s silhouette better than the 60s', even if it was boxy and not great for short-legged men. Noobs wanting a "modern"-cut suit should study that photo and think about the implications.
post #174 of 474

From Claims the photo is by Ernst Haas, from 1952. Wow. Note that the coat is cut to close, like Regency swallowtail coats or Prince Charles's Admiral's coat.
post #175 of 474
I love this thread. I'm fascinated by old photos
These are a little more modern ---1930s and 60s

Beatles, Satchel Paige, Clark Gable, James Coburn

post #176 of 474
Stumbled across this and thought of ...well you know who.
Friday, August 26, 2011
my next suit?
Perhaps you saw Maxminimus's photo earlier this week of Gen George C. Marshall. I've worn out my new glasses looking at it. There is enough inspiration for several life times in that photo.
Maxminimus photo

I refuse to face that the end of summer is near. I have lived in comfy oxford cloth pants and shorts, seersucker and linen since the weather warmed. Mr. Wm King of Wm King Clothiers in Bristol Tennessee put me onto the good folks at Castaway Clothing in Nantucket early in the spring. "Put their oxford cloth pants on, you won't take them off", he said. Very near right.
Castaways photo

General Marshall got me wondering. Why have I never seen white Oxford Cloth pants? A need for lining? Am I missing something, shopping the wrong stores? I wrote to Castaways suggesting that next spring they expand the color range, add long white OC and while you are at it, add pink too. Marketing patted me on the head.

As much as I may wish otherwise, I am rumpled, my body is rumpled, my clothes, taking on my my shape are rumpled. In the hotter months I wear rumpled linen and OC, a lot. Seeing me neat and pressed after Memorial Day would offend those who know me too well.

One evening, beside the pool, the gin talking, I invented the an outfit so self indulgent, if it doesn't exist I'll create it. A white OC suit, as a lighter weight alternative to linen?

In a gin addled state, drunk on limes, it made perfect sense. As cheap as the fabric would be, the cost per wear would be astronomical, even if worn daily. My alchemist would plead to make it in Super 160's, but I'll put my foot down. Someone in South Carolina must still grow suitable OC fabric.

post #177 of 474
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Savile Row style.
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My paternal grandmother's grandfathers.  First one is from about 1850-70ish and the other is 1890-early 1900's.

First picture was taken on election day the second was on their wedding day oddly enough, the old coot had taken off with another man's wife!

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post #180 of 474
Great pictures. Thanks for posting them.
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