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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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    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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  2. Testudo_Aubreii

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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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  3. dopey

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  4. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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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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  5. comrade

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    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
     
  6. comrade

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    Felix Frankfurter?
     
  7. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Love all the natural, narrow shoulders on those 30s suits.
     
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    Well. THAT was just damned unfortunate. Another half hour and it probably would have been dry.
     
  9. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nope. It is a 1917 photograph by Alfred Stieglitz of the corduroy suited Buddha's brother. I happened to come across the original today.
     
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  10. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I found this article today which got me thinking about how suit design has morphed over the years and reflects the ethos of its time. Below is a "half + half suit" from a tailor in Philadelphia named Francis Toscani made as an art piece.

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    Also, I was wondering if MC could use a Random Thoughts thread? This sort of thing might go in there. Or if IndianBoyz doesn't mind, we can have more discussion in this thread.
     
  11. IndianBoyz

    IndianBoyz Senior member

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    Sure.
     
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    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    ^The difference is surprising.

    Found the others. I think I have about a dozen total. Here's a few more from 1939, all clickable for more detail:

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    This one was ecumenical/inter-religious, with Protestant ministers and a rabbi:

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  13. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Great find, there, Parker. Reminds me that I like the 50s silhouette better than the 60s', even if it was boxy and not great for short-legged men. Noobs wanting a "modern"-cut suit should study that photo and think about the implications.
     
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  14. Testudo_Aubreii

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    From guardian.co.uk. Claims the photo is by Ernst Haas, from 1952. Wow. Note that the coat is cut to close, like Regency swallowtail coats or Prince Charles's Admiral's coat.
     
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  15. Coburn

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    I love this thread. I'm fascinated by old photos
    These are a little more modern ---1930s and 60s

    Beatles, Satchel Paige, Clark Gable, James Coburn

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  16. Digmenow

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    Stumbled across this and thought of ...well you know who.
     
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  17. IndianBoyz

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    Savile Row style.
     
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    My paternal grandmother's grandfathers. First one is from about 1850-70ish and the other is 1890-early 1900's.
    First picture was taken on election day the second was on their wedding day oddly enough, the old coot had taken off with another man's wife!
     
  19. IndianBoyz

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    Nice.
     
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    Great pictures. Thanks for posting them.
     

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