Vintage images, a blast from the past

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by IndianBoyz, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    Who's this?
    Not Billy Stayhorne (above) w/ Mr. Ellington
     


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    Langston Hughes. Very interesting guy, precursor of the black pride culture.
     


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    I had always assumed that the municipal golf course in D.C. was named after him. In my mind, it was the Langston Hughes Golf Course. My error as it turns out.

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    Instead, the course was named for John Mercer Langston. Glad to be corrected on this!

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    Saw this on early morning cable today.

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    These pictures are ancient, where in the world did you get them?
     


  5. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Great photos, Dig. Webb's light gray suiting fabric with charcoal/black chalk stripe looks great. It's too bad nobody makes them anymore. The London Lounge should resurrect them.

    Rogers's light-colored suit is amazing, too.
     
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    Major figure in the Harlem Renaissance and someone with great taste in
    tweed. Cool.
     


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  8. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Love that top photo, Parker. Four-buttons can be really interesting.
     


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    "I don't like your kind of people. I don't like to see you come out to this clean country in your oily hair -- dressed up in those silk suits - and try to pass yourselves off as decent Americans. I'll do business with you, but the fact is, I despise your masquerade...."

    STP had a Belvest Dupioni silk a few years back. I'm still kicking myself for not picking it up.
     


  10. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^ :) dat slubby silk is slick.


    Yeah, I've been perusing a lot of vintage photos recently and realized the range of shapes and configurations of suits have really morphed over the past 100 years. I don't know if it's thread-worthy, but I'll post a few more interesting photos here later.
     
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  11. comrade

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    Dates?
    My guess for the first is late 1880s to 1890s.
    The guy has a very small frame
    The second circa 1910-15
    The third is supposed to be the 50/60s Ivy cut, correct?
     
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    All sound right to me, though the last depends on how strictly you interpret "Ivy," since it doesn't look to me like Michael/Pacino is wearing a sack-cut coat. Looks like the shoulders have some structure and some roping at the sleevehead/

    I like those four-patch hot-weather sport coats, but that dude's coat is too tight in the bodice, even if the Edwardians liked things tight.
     
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    From a Jesuit retreat house in CA that has weekly pictures of participants dating back to 1930, I think.


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    I have a few more that I'll post, if I can find them.
     
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    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
     


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