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This may sound insane: clock socks

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NotoriousMarquis, May 4, 2012.

  1. NotoriousMarquis

    NotoriousMarquis Senior member

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    I had never head of clock socks before, or socks with clocks, but I'm writing my thesis on several books, one of which is The Big Sleep, and there are four mentions of socks with clocks on them. I've found some information about what a clock sock patten is on AAAC, but it doesn't seem very precise. Could anybody inform me about what socks with clocks might have looked like in the 1930's, and where one might (ghasp) even find a pair?
     
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    Those are a visual pun, but that's the idea. Clock socks have a narrow pattern (not usually clocks) that runs up the leg and along the foot. Looks like clock hands when viewed from the side.

    I'm wearing clock socks today.
     
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    Doc could you tell me how they look like clock hands—do you mean they follow the foot and without shoes the angle of the foot make it look like a clock at 2:30 or 10:30?
     
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    Yes, that's right. The pattern itself varies, but from any distance, the effect is a vertical stripe up the leg.
     
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    Doc--thanks.

    Gdot--Ocd, maybe; ive just spent the last 9 months writing a paper that has required me to read the opening paragraph of the big sleep a million times, and eventually the thing about socks has served as a good distraction (paper is due in 46 hours and 45 minutes)
     
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    Is it a fact that these are sometimes worn with formal wear or am I grossly mistaken?

    One of my favorite Bogart Movies. Started reading Chandler after viewing the movie.
     
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    Hope you weren't offended. I was certainly including myself in the category of those who can become engrossed in accuracy and minutia,
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    I wasn't crazy about the film—bogie is just so different from Marlowe, but the book totally blew me away. I had no idea a detective novel could be so well written. I have oved writing about it, and a year ago I would have laughed if someone told me I would be so captivated that I would ask about Marlowe's socks on the internet.


    Not at all! That's what we do here, go nuts over the small details—and I appreciate that a lot. It's just that I felt the need to articulate why exactly the details of clock socks were of such great significance.


    (4 sentences left, proofreading, then bibliography, by he way. I'm almost free)
     
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    Seeing I posted a picture of my clock socks, admittedly without classy broad, gun, booze or cadaver.........There are some rare books on the table , nude painting on wall, although these days the pornography is on computer................ Any chance of a summary or abstract of the essay?

    I'm a noir addict connoisseur .

    Are they all crime noir books?
     
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    Thesis title: "One at a Time: a Lacanian Perspective on Chronographical Lower-Appendage Garments in the Novels of Chandler." ...? [​IMG]
     
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    I'm a huge fan of the film and story, and had spent quite some time trying to duplicate the outfit described in one section ("I was clean shaven and sober, and didn't care who knew it . . .") without any success finding "clock" socks. I was able to put together the entire rest of the ensemble years ago, down to the fedora. Eventually I discovered that this is an American spelling of "cloques" - Webster online - a fabric with an embossed design, especially pique with small woven figures. So any repeating pattern of small figures, medallions or whatever, would qualify. My family has even spent time trying to find some to give me as a gift. I'm going to research the pictures shown here, so maybe I can finally get some. ;)
     

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