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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post

Lasttye...Good to see you putting up posts again....I have been looking at A2s and Ma1 jackets online this week,some interesting reading...i was thinking about your post where you said that you wear your A2 with chinos,brogues and raybans...check out some pictures of the American general Macarthur,he sometimes had a similar look,A2,khaki uniform trousers,ray bans and officers shoes ( i bet his were better than the issue shoe,maybe even cordovan)...i dont recommend his pipe or the officers hat that he wore though !...About John Simons,i have read that he was a window dresser ( something that has sadly disapeared these days ),so he would have known how important it was to display clothes well,i dont know where he got his idea on shop layouts it would be interesting to know.

Cheers Cerneabbas,

Yes the General had the look.....I got hold of some Ralph Lauren repro Beige Chinos....with the flapped pockets at the back, the whole look is cool and smart...I will post some pics of them later.

This is my Vietnam issue MA1....It came with the transparent name tag where i have put my Portuguese Parachute Wings.



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Always well turned out, Roy.nod[1].gif

Right you lot, too fussy or do I buy 'em?

http://www.orvis.co.uk/store/product.aspx?pf_id=85C9
post #14448 of 18457
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Originally Posted by Ed Vaughan View Post

Always well turned out, Roy.nod[1].gif

Right you lot, too fussy or do I buy 'em?

http://www.orvis.co.uk/store/product.aspx?pf_id=85C9


Well that fringe will curl up as soon as you put them on your feet.

Kiltie loafers are not for me,
post #14449 of 18457
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post

I know this pic has been posted, But it shows on the front a guy with what seems a leather MA-1.
If so, they were around in the late sixties. Any originals here wore them? Were they common ?

They were Leather Bomber Jackets that came out late`68/early `69- not MA-1s.I had one and a Suede one.There has been a long discussion about these.The Photo has been up before,it shows Bristol Skinheads around 1970.It came from a Book written by Chris Brown"Booted and Suited".He is on here as "Pressure Drop",I think....smile.gif


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I think this next picture hasn't been posted before. No idea of when it was shot.
The skinhead in white shirt and the one in black harrington look to be twins. And notice the old bill's pointed shoes.

I believe I have seen this as well.


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Originally Posted by Ed Vaughan View Post

Always well turned out, Roy.nod[1].gif

Right you lot, too fussy or do I buy 'em?

http://www.orvis.co.uk/store/product.aspx?pf_id=85C9

Had a pair similar to this,and as Kingstonian says-they do curl up.
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Clouseau..I think that the top picture is Weston Super Mare,the local coastal resort for Bristol...I think that is not a leather Ma1,it is the same as the jacket that i "found" in the back of a cupboard recently...if you go through the pictures that Albion posted a link to there is a good picture of a lad wearing one....Pressure_Drop has mentioned that bristol lads wore suede jackets like this about 1970,i had a suede one myself mid 70s ( and a suede Ma1 copy late 80s )...they were a bit like a monkey jacket...i dont think that they were common...but from the picture (and the one in the link ) we know that there were at least 2 worn then !.....I do love that top picture,so much happening...see the greaser with the leather jacket with sheepskin collar,is he wearing a German steel helmet ?...small child on left of picture wearing one of the quilted anoraks that we talked about a few pages back....
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Clouseau..I see browniecj posted while i was still making my post and i agree with what he says....i never saw the bottom picture before ,it is a railway station and usually the police there are transport police....as you can imagine on a bank holiday at a seaside resort the police would call for reinforcements...the one cop has white sleeves ? i think this was traffic police but i am not 100% sure..
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Ed Vaughan....Nice pair of shoes,i have always fancied a pair.....but i have to agree with Kingstonian and browniecj..they do curl up,thats why i have never bought a pair...there has to be a way to stop it happening surely ?..we talked about it at work recently and i suggested damping the fringe and using the mrs/gf hair straighteners ( when she is out obviously )...my idea wasnt popular...BTW did you notice the 3 button blazer on the same page as the shoes ?.
Edited by cerneabbas - 8/31/13 at 11:03am
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Cerneabbas. i like this pic of Weston Super Mare too, cos there's like you say a lot of things happening. I had one of those Ma-1 in suede in the early eighties too. Liked it.

I saw the picture of the lad in a leather kind of MA-1. Did you noticed we san see a bit of the red lining, looks really like the todays Schott version.

 

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Clouseau.A lot of jackets then had quilted linings for warmth,i suppose it makes sense for a "bomber" jacket,and lots would use leather jackets on motorbikes..The suede copy Ma1 that i had,it had a lining marked out like one of the "escape maps" that some of the aircrews carried in WW2,i wish i would have kept that jacket but the zip broke and to get it replaced was more than the jacket cost.....I found with the Ma1 that it was a bit short in the body for me ( i am 6 feet tall),i have seen online that you can get them custom made and have chest pockets etc...some of them looked ok ( IMO ) also have you seen the sleeveless one ? ( look at Ma1 gilet ) not for everyone...i really didnt realise how many types of Ma1/flight jackets there were until i started looking online this week.................Leather bombers look at these...go on Amazon uk..Leather bomber jackets for men,look at the ones by Unicorn London,they look pretty much like the original IMO.
Edited by cerneabbas - 8/31/13 at 11:20am
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A chance meeting today. I was in Glenrothes at a ham radio mini-get-together. I had on a pair of Lee jeans, a button-down shirt, a Levi cord jacket, and my famous Ray-Ban aviators. Suddenly a bloke about 20-years my junior buttonholed me; he was wearing a V-neck sweater, a button-down shirt, Levi jeans, oxblood DMs, and a No.1 crop. Big grin, hearty hand-shake, and a greeting of "Spirit of 69!".

The bloke was from Edinburgh, name of Kevin, and a radio ham like me. He had got into the style when he was a little kid of about 9 or 10 in 1979, loved West Indian ska and reggae, and didn't think much of the neo-nazi associations. Anyhow, he was tickled pink to meet someone who had been there in 1969.

Just one of life's little pleasant surprises! smile.gif
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MoM: close encounter of the skinhead kind !

 

Cerneabbas.  My suede MA1 copy had a lining with Japanese signs, a japanese war flag, and WWII aircraft...

One of my friends finished by cut his (classic) MA1 sleeves, and wore it on bike with a leather jacket underneath. 

And i think like you that the MA1 length is too short (i'm quite tall too). They do a "men's tall" version in the states. But they are difficult to find, even online.

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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

A chance meeting today. I was in Glenrothes at a ham radio mini-get-together. I had on a pair of Lee jeans, a button-down shirt, a Levi cord jacket, and my famous Ray-Ban aviators. Suddenly a bloke about 20-years my junior buttonholed me; he was wearing a V-neck sweater, a button-down shirt, Levi jeans, oxblood DMs, and a No.1 crop. Big grin, hearty hand-shake, and a greeting of "Spirit of 69!".

The bloke was from Edinburgh, name of Kevin, and a radio ham like me. He had got into the style when he was a little kid of about 9 or 10 in 1979, loved West Indian ska and reggae, and didn't think much of the neo-nazi associations. Anyhow, he was tickled pink to meet someone who had been there in 1969.

Just one of life's little pleasant surprises! smile.gif
That's a very nice story MoM!
post #14458 of 18457
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post

I know this pic has been posted, But it shows on the front a guy with what seems a leather MA-1.

If so, they were around in the late sixties. Any originals here wore them? Were they common ?

 

 

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I think this next picture hasn't been posted before. No idea of when it was shot.

The skinhead in white shirt and the one in black harrington look to be twins. And notice the old bill's pointed shoes.

 

 

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Bristol skinheads, the top pic is Weston super mare seafront, the bottom pic Wsm train station, both are in Pressure drop's book

post #14459 of 18457
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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post

Clouseau.A lot of jackets then had quilted linings for warmth,i suppose it makes sense for a "bomber" jacket,and lots would use leather jackets on motorbikes..The suede copy Ma1 that i had,it had a lining marked out like one of the "escape maps" that some of the aircrews carried in WW2,i wish i would have kept that jacket but the zip broke and to get it replaced was more than the jacket cost.....I found with the Ma1 that it was a bit short in the body for me ( i am 6 feet tall),i have seen online that you can get them custom made and have chest pockets etc...some of them looked ok ( IMO ) also have you seen the sleeveless one ? ( look at Ma1 gilet ) not for everyone...i really didnt realise how many types of Ma1/flight jackets there were until i started looking online this week.................Leather bombers look at these...go on Amazon uk..Leather bomber jackets for men,look at the ones by Unicorn London,they look pretty much like the original IMO.

I seem to recall those Jackets with the maps printed on the lining peaked in popularity in the 80's and 90's at that time it seemed like everyone had one.

 

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Sirryacus...Yes the lining was something like the one you have pictured..it was a map of Europe...apparently it was based on the maps issued to Allied aircrew ( made of silk ) in case they were shot down over mainland Europe...not much use unless it showed the whereabouts of a nice handy motor boat i would have thought,mind you a bit better than taking your jacket off every time you came to a road junction !
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