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The cut hems are so their pants would tear if they got caught on limbs. The last thing you want to do is trip when you're cutting with a chainsaw.
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Originally posted by The Librarian The Librarian wrote:

The cut hems are so their pants would tear if they got caught on limbs. The last thing you want to do is trip when you're cutting with a chainsaw.


That makes sense, any idea when the first chainsaws came into play?
Could be the reason you dont see the cut hems in the old pics?
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Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

I wonder why no one has reproduced shirts with those really long chinstraps. Perhaps they have & I have missed them....

Warehouse/Heller's Cafe has done some in the past (HC is done now, I guess?). Probably most brands don't because it's 1910s-style chinstrap and most brands don't really do 1910s repros, for the most part.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote CSL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2020 at 8:33pm
I have one Warehouse shirt. Been a while since I wore it. I'll have to check the chinstrap length. 
I remember the LVC Sunset shirts did have a long-ish chinstrap but not like what the two guys in that photo are wearing. (I notice those two guys have identical shirts. Maybe a repurposed uniform of some sort?). Anyhow, perhaps some manufacturer will read this thread & exclaim, 'OMG! An important Denimbro moderator wants a longer chinstrap. I'd better get right to it!LOL
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Ive seen some long chinstraps on some of Indiana jeans original shirts, most if not all of the items we
come across- are all pre chinstrap.

Here's a nice train photo i picked up years ago.


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CSL, I’ve totes with the idea of doing a long chinstrap on a pullover striped chambray and/or wabash 1910s-style shirt. I’d prefer to have a physical example to lend to sewing though so that they don’t have to guesstimate from photos.

Here’s another good example by way of The Brass Lady on IG:

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Cool, Bryan. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
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The chambray shirt worn by the very intense man in the post above appears to have been commercially laundered, suggesting that the man is single. There was a high proportion of unmarried men in boom towns like mining and logging.

In many older photos of loggers, you can often see very heavy wool shirts (or overshirts), pullover style worn with the tail out (couldn't find an example here). A couple of men in a recent post were wearing similar heavy wool shirts but apparently worn inside the pants and probably "coat style" (opens all the way in front). At least one company, Johnson Woolen Mills, still offers a similar pullover style but with a half-zip front and rounded shirt tails.
 
I think that some of the styles associated with loggers now, like suspenders, hickory shirts and so on may be somewhat regional, mainly in the Northwest. One of my uncles owned a sawmill and my father used to work for him. But none of them wore clothes like that. But they might be more recent styles.
 
Chainsaws and other power saws have been around for a hundred years but man-powered crosscut saws as well as horses were apparently still in wide use in the 1930s. But chainsaws and caterpillar tractors quickly became the norm.
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Speaking of which, just started watching this the other day as part of a William Boyd kick:

https://youtu.be/ZdzsypxLRBg
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There is at least one Hoppy movie about loggers, which I think is "Riders of the Timberline." There's even a scene in which he wears a loggers' beat-up hat. Another movie with good scenes of loggers is "Law of the Timberline." All these movies are from the late 30s and early 40s with fairly similar plots. I rather like jungle movies better.
 
I noticed that Filson now has a pull-over style overshirt in 24-ounce wool in plain dark blue (the Johnson Woolen Mills shirts were in buffalo plaids) with square-cut tails. Being Filson, it's on the expensive side.
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