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  1. Soul Vision

    Soul Vision Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Aces and Eights for your interesting anecdotes, to think Lonsdale is now a big 'global' brand...
     
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    Haha they did the same thing here in the states, I'm sure you've heard of the city Monterey,California, a man operated there on Fisherman's Wharf from 1970 until as recently as 2006, i've attached an era appropriate photo.

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    Wow , I saw that guy once and his performing animal . Circa 1981 , you could see that the monkey was a bit bored of the crowds and would bare its teeth every now and then , it was easy to see that the owner was a wee bit uncomfortable with the behaviour and some of the crowds certainly got turned off by the cheeky monkey and left. .
     
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    The Redskins were a 1980's group who adopted the pretty much traditional skinhead look but the lead singer Chris Dean also added boxing boots. I always thought they were Adidas but now I realise they only had two stripes. I think these boots, much like the band themselves, never really took off at a 'street level'.

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    Redskins were a SWP* band for middle class student leftists and of zero interest otherwise.

    I always thought of boxing boots as being a very brief revival mod thing maybe 1983.

    Joboxers were just another student indie band (Thompson Twins, Aztec Camera, etc yawn).

    * Socialist Workers Party, trotskyist nutjobs.
     
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    You were on holiday in Monterey? Did it remind you of some of the english seaside towns of the time? I guess the guy went through 10 different monkeys over the years.
     
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    Yes , been to California a few times , fantastic place. Only been to Monterey twice the first being in '81 when I met the cheeky monkey , and at that time there was a sort of run-down aspect to the place with the old canning factories by the second visit in '94 the place had been spruced up and the some of the old canning factories were like museums. .

    Did it resemble English seaside towns ? No , not really , perhaps the bit where the monkey was near the pier was but the rest , no. .it was too bloody warm to be England . .[​IMG]
     
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    You must have been here during the two week "summer" that we have here haha. I live 500 feet from Ocean Beach in San Francisco and it feels a lot like Blackpool here most of the year haha.
    Back on topic, I just purchased a pair of made in England brogues from the Dr. Marten store on Haight st. They are a light tan colour, does anyone have experience with polishing lighter color leather? These are a first for me and I've been told different things regarding the care of these. I thought some of you fellas would have some good advice.


     
  11. Man-of-Mystery

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    Hey, some of us were okay, you know. I'd have bought you a pint and talked about football. :D
     
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    I consider you fortunate living in such a great city but I'm familiar with how quickly the weather can change in the Bay Area , in as much as , cold and damp in San Francisco and nice and sunny over in Daly City. .

    Back on topic , keeping a light tan shoe looking good can be tough . I have found that even applying a Light Tan polish tends to darken the leather and with a neutral polish , it is awkward to obtain any sort of shine . I generally use a neutral cream made by a company called Lord Sheraton , you will be able to achieve a high lustre but through a few applications , the colour will still get a wee bit darker . .
     
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    Yes I've heard such stories before, I guess you could say the building of the world renown aquarium brought new life to the area a sort of renaissance.
     
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    Ah yes, the boxing boots and mod revivalists, here are some looking at their idol. I think the original caption for this was "Sorry lads, my parka is in the wash"...although years later he seemed to be wearing them again!

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    Speaking of parkas they don't seem to be one thing that survived beyond 1965 (?) Would I be right in saying the 'hard mods' didn't wear them? Really, they are not stylish are they - especially when compared to say a crombie? There must have been a heap of them that went to the tip or the charity shops - an original now might be worth some money (?)
     
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    I fully understand the practical uses for a scooter riding Mod to wear a parka, but man are they ugly! Even when I was a teenager, when I would see a group of Mods in parkas It made me snigger...
    There they were, wearing their "finest" thrift store (or back of dads closet) suits at the "Johnny Too Bad and the Strikeouts" show and to make matters worse, throw a repulsive old army coat 8 sizes too big over it hahaha!
    Teenage US mods in the late 80s early 90s in my neck of the woods were totally scoobied.

     
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  17. Man-of-Mystery

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    I wouldn't say they didn't survive past 1965. I had one in 67/68, but I only really wore it when I was planning to get a ride on the back of someone's scooter. Many scooter boys in N W England wore them at that time. Scooter boys in S E London wore them when I was down there in 68/69, though the hard-core, non-mod scooterists wore Belstaffs. What died out amongst 'hard mods' -> skinheads in S E London was the use of scooters at all.
     
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    I thought you were going to post this picture . .
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    You see many of the Mod's in the MODS book wearing the M-48 which , if you had one now you could more or less name your price , the M-51 will easily fetch upwards of £350 and even the M-65 (which is in the pic above) can fetch £100 .

    The Richard Barnes book is probably the one that features the most pictures of 6ts Mod's in parkas but you can clearly see that not all of them are wearing American fishtail parkas but indeed , it looks like any American parka got an airing. .

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    I once wondered why it was that the fishtail was the favoured one by the revivalists and l reckon it was to do with the 1973 Who album Quadrophenia , l suppose many a Mod from that era was inspired by that album and its parka(M-1951) wearing hero , Jimmy. .
     
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  19. roytonboy

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    Parkas were still being widely worn in 1968 and 1969 in the Manchester area, so yes, 'Hard Mod' and early skinhead. I had one in 1968, aged 14 and wore it until I got a fly fronted mac in 1970. For all you parka haters out there - I recently bought another one and really enjoy wearing it!
     
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    Which parka did you go for , Royton ? I still have an M-51 which I have had for a looooong time. .[​IMG]
     

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