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My appreciation of many things vintage took me to the movie theater and 1969 to see a new documentary on Apollo 11. 50 years ago, our country did the near impossible and sent two guys to the moon and return. The documentary was special because they were allowed to access the treasure trove of footage that NASA took of every aspect of the mission and then just filed away to remain unseen. You REALLY feel that you are in the room, walking with the astronauts and going with them on the trip. The vintage portion was seeing all the white shirts, thin ties, crew cuts, pay phones, slide rulers, manual typewriters, reel to reel tape recorders phones with rotary dials and the rest of the clothes seen in the footage of the crowd shots. The lunar lander had to use fuel to slow down from 3600 mph, descend to the surface, slow down and then land gently. They had 3 minutes and 32 seconds of available fuel to do this safely. They touched down with 16 second of fuel remaining in the tank. The movie is out in select locations and it is well worth dropping back a half century ago and feeling the pride of an amazing accomplishment, especially given the technology we now view as so primitive.
 

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I finally decided my Bostonian Crown Windsors were too small and I moved them on to a new owner. But I still wanted a brown pebble PTB to replace them. Florsheim did not make a EEE, so they were out and very few from other makers come up in my size. I then tumbled onto a slightly larger pair, that appear to be from around 2000 as things went off shore. Many similarities to the BCW I were selling and to some other decent shoes, but these were not made in USA. Since they were inexpensive and returnable I pulled the trigger and they fit pretty well. These will certainly do until something better comes along, if they ever do. They still have some damp areas after the wipe down process. Now for a little more clean up and proper level of shine.

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I had a little bit of thrifting stardust fall on me today. I stopped at the local Value Village and bought a pair of really ugly, worn at the heel, hand waxed finish Dack's tasseled loafers for $13.00. I regretted the purchase immediately. On my drive home I decided that I didn't want to waste the effort to clean them, so I stopped at the men's mission and donated them. To my surprise I was given a $10 off coupon so I wandered over to the tiny space where they keep a few men's shoes and found these NOS early 1970's McHale chestnut brown balmorals. I had the coupon for roughly 45 seconds.

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Outstanding @Jiqea ! The shoe trees alone are incredible.
 

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My appreciation of many things vintage took me to the movie theater and 1969 to see a new documentary on Apollo 11. 50 years ago, our country did the near impossible and sent two guys to the moon and return. The documentary was special because they were allowed to access the treasure trove of footage that NASA took of every aspect of the mission and then just filed away to remain unseen. You REALLY feel that you are in the room, walking with the astronauts and going with them on the trip. The vintage portion was seeing all the white shirts, thin ties, crew cuts, pay phones, slide rulers, manual typewriters, reel to reel tape recorders phones with rotary dials and the rest of the clothes seen in the footage of the crowd shots. The lunar lander had to use fuel to slow down from 3600 mph, descend to the surface, slow down and then land gently. They had 3 minutes and 32 seconds of available fuel to do this safely. They touched down with 16 second of fuel remaining in the tank. The movie is out in select locations and it is well worth dropping back a half century ago and feeling the pride of an amazing accomplishment, especially given the technology we now view as so primitive.
Well said @smfdoc . Read recently that it is quite impressive. I can still remember where I was that day in Ft Worth at Carswell AFB.
 

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Wet and warm again today.

Vintage Barrie LTD Booters longwings.

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Well said @smfdoc . Read recently that it is quite impressive. I can still remember where I was that day in Ft Worth at Carswell AFB.
Thanks. It was a great documentary that did not go into "talking heads" and lots of narration. Just showing the actual footage and some graphics for clarity of some of the maneuvers they had to accomplish. It is one of those movies that will be better appreciated on the large screen.
 

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It’s been a shell kind of week. The AE Cambridge on Tuesday. Alden shell loafers on Wednesday. AE MacNeil in black shell yesterday. And Alden NST today. None of them particularly vintage (though the Alden loafers may qualify).

It’s been a hard week, and this is one small thing I’ve been doing to remind myself of the good things in life.

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It’s been a shell kind of week. The AE Cambridge on Tuesday. Alden shell loafers on Wednesday. AE MacNeil in black shell yesterday. And Alden NST today. None of them particularly vintage (though the Alden loafers may qualify).

It’s been a hard week, and this is one small thing I’ve been doing to remind myself of the good things in life.

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That’s a great attitude to have. I just spent a gruelling 3 hours running around the courthouse trying to locate some paperwork. In 2019, our justice system is still dependent on paper.

But tomorrow, I will likely pick up my 3 recent purchases.
 

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Thanks. It was a great documentary that did not go into "talking heads" and lots of narration. Just showing the actual footage and some graphics for clarity of some of the maneuvers they had to accomplish. It is one of those movies that will be better appreciated on the large screen.
Side note - Carswell was a SAC base. After the moon landing I can vividly remember going outside to see first a Phantom scream over, then some BUFF’s take off. Been privileged to meet both Admiral Shepard and Captain Lovell. Amazing stuff these great Americans accomplished.
 

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Side note - Carswell was a SAC base. After the moon landing I can vividly remember going outside to see first a Phantom scream over, then some BUFF’s take off. Been privileged to meet both Admiral Shepard and Captain Lovell. Amazing stuff these great Americans accomplished.
My mother is fairly close to Rusty Schweickart (Apolo 9). He is the brother of my mom's best friend. I think they might have dated once upon a time. He can tell some great stories. New Jersey boy to boot.
 

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My mother is fairly close to Rusty Schweickart (Apolo 9). He is the brother of my mom's best friend. I think they might have dated once upon a time. He can tell some great stories. New Jersey boy to boot.
So you could be Rusty's son?
 

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