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Topic: Old Work Wear Photos
Posted By: Nonriveted
Subject: Old Work Wear Photos
Date Posted: 22 Jan 2012 at 10:14pm
Place to Post old Work Wear images and discussions, please credit the photographer, book, or person in the photo when you can.





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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2012 at 1:01am
Some photos I've been meaning to reshoot and post for a while. Some I found thrifting in SF or Guernville, I think robbie might have sent me one or two of these.


Not the clearest photo, but check out the denim on the guy on the left. Look at those cuffs! No date. I'm guessing from around 1950.


No date, but guy on left looks to be wearing a USN dixie cup cap. '30s/ '40s?


Post WWII?


No date.


Not workwear, but such a nice shot. Dated Aug. 27th 1930.


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2012 at 10:27pm
I believe this is a regional magazine distributed by Monsanto, ADM or one of the major farm brands, I can't rightly tell. Would love to find more copies of this magazine though, sort of a 'LIFE' for farmers at least from the looks of it. I think I have the rest somewhere, will try to scare it up. I clipped the cover as it has a Coca-Cola ad on the reverse side.



Posted By: dkatz
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 4:03pm
Tore this out from a copy of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest I picked up at a bookstore in Laos.




Posted By: illumin8em
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 10:04pm
I dig seeing what kids were wearing as well, dressing like little versions of the grown-ups. I remember always being poked at for dressing like an old man, I was really just dressing like what I remembered of my father, and grandad. I feel like adults dress so terribly anymore that there are very few examples of how a could dress well. Of course this is all opinion, and all can dress as they like, but... people look silly

Anyways, I dig this photo with big cuffs, engineer boots collared shirts. There is a pretty cool fella in this photos who has a few well worn Lee jackets that he has been photographed in. Kid on the far right reminds me of denimbro member Bob Dale




Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 10:36pm
Fantastic pic illuminem, wish it was more in focus - would love a clear copy of that!
Where did you source it?


Posted By: dkatz
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 8:33am
I imagine the giganto-cuffs were less of a fashion statement for these cats and more of their moms hedging against coming growth spurts...


Posted By: killer b
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 11:31am
Originally posted by dkatz dkatz wrote:

Tore this out from a copy of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest I picked up at a bookstore in Laos.




this is my look for the spring. are those redwings?


Posted By: killer b
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 11:34am
although, the jacket isn't quite an a2 is it? still, i'm fairly close...


Posted By: illumin8em
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 2:51pm
Originally posted by Dr_Heech Dr_Heech wrote:

Fantastic pic illuminem, wish it was more in focus - would love a clear copy of that!
Where did you source it?


Aw common, no guesses? If I gave the source I give away the mystery man. I'll give ya a hint, fella in white pants. Better focus would be great, but I don't know if it exists.


Posted By: ihatebrianwilliams
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 3:37pm
Originally posted by illumin8em illumin8em wrote:

 Aw common, no guesses? If I gave the source I give away the mystery man. I'll give ya a hint, fella in white pants. Better focus would be great, but I don't know if it exists.

Bacon?


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 3:47pm
Awesome picts everybody.....


this ones from the San Fran Library

 posting some pictures of my uncle Dan today


Dan was a logger back in 1960's





Posted By: illumin8em
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 4:20am
Originally posted by ihatebrianwilliams ihatebrianwilliams wrote:

Originally posted by illumin8em illumin8em wrote:

 Aw common, no guesses? If I gave the source I give away the mystery man. I'll give ya a hint, fella in white pants. Better focus would be great, but I don't know if it exists.

Bacon?


that was close, it is Tom Waits


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 7:25am
Originally posted by dkatz dkatz wrote:

I imagine the giganto-cuffs were less of a fashion statement for these cats and more of their moms hedging against coming growth spurts...

I think either that, or hand me downs.  I read somewhere kids in the 40s and 50s would wear somewhat baggy clothes to give the illusion of hand-me-downs (I.E I have an older brother, don't with me). 

Great picture Illumin8em


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 9:07am
@Nonriveted.  Thanks for the pics of your Uncle - the man had steez, respect!


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 12:50pm
thanks Dr. Heech - the beard on that guy was crazy


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 10:35pm
Some vernacular photographs I found in Omaha a few years back.
I apologize that these pictures are smaller, and not the best resolution. I will try to scan them when I find an actual hard copy of this.  It was a cover i worked up for a failed zine i tried starting in 09/10). 


Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2012 at 1:03pm
This is the best one I've found in a long time:



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Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2012 at 7:16am

Saw this one on tumblr. No credit to the photographer, but it was tagged 'Oregon' so i assume it's just a vernacular photograph someone found in Oregon.


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Posted By: ThisSunday
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 4:42pm

by Wayne F. Miller


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 6:59am
I am gonna pretend (hope,...) that he's wearing some old Levis, though my guess is they aren't actually denim. Anyhow just too cool of a shot to let fall by the wayside:



Kurt Vonnegut, age 14/15 at Lake Maxinkuckee in 1937 (courtesy Walt Vonnegut).

via http://maudelynn.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow - tumblr


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Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2012 at 12:41pm


found some denimbros hanging out on http://kenhatter.tumblr.com/post/18849399617" rel="nofollow - tumblr .


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Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2012 at 1:09pm
Plus rep Big smile 
Love the variation in cuff length in that pic.


Posted By: drew
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 10:53pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/6811809916/" rel="nofollow">
Great Uncle Roy and Grandpa Harlan (left) both in their 506xx jackets and 501s. ~ Late 30s.

Have photos of these two guys building houses and riding horses in their Levi's. If only they had kept those jackets!


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Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 7:51am
Great photo Drew, keep 'em comin'!


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 9:53am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 9:56am
The man pictured above has the classic look of blue jeans & T-Shirt, shame about his shoes though!


Posted By: Happy Hooligan
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:15am
is that a tee shirt or a short sleeve sweat shirt...

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Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:17am
M. Spilane.
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:19am
Unknown denim woman.
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:45am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:46am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:47am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:47am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:48am


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:51am
Originally posted by denimdart denimdart wrote:

 
Denimdart.
Have always loved this photo - thanks for taking the time to bring this to denimbro.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:53am
Originally posted by denimdart denimdart wrote:

 
What's with the guy with the upside-down arcs on his Lee's??  (second from left)


Posted By: drew
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 5:50pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228153684/" rel="nofollow">

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227382723/" rel="nofollow">

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228150698/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228150698/" rel="nofollow - Borrego Springs - Look at those Levi's!
http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr

December 27, 1949. That's my dad before he was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. Can anyone give me an idea of what the woman is wearing? Levi's, I presume. What was the woman's line called at the time? (Maybe she's also wearing 501s?)


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Posted By: drew
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 5:58pm
Interesting side note: My Dad was a real renaissance man. Among other things, he built all of our furnature and made all of his own clothes (mine too, when I was a kid). He once made a toggle pea coat and carved the wooden toggles himself on a lathe.

When he was in his mid 60s and retired, he spent most of his time in the garage building. He made himself a few pairs of dungarees (not sure what pattern he used if any) and only gave them one back pocket. When I asked him about it, his response was, "I don't ever put anything in that pocket on pants that have them, so I figured I should just skip it."

He was quite a guy. 


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Posted By: drew
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 6:08pm
RM2 Tolson. USN work clothes. Japan, 1950.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228188422/" rel="nofollow">


http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227412979/" rel="nofollow">


http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228197040/" rel="nofollow">

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228192328/" rel="nofollow">
Something tells me that this last picture is not USN Issue. 




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Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 1:42am
I like the cut of this jacket.
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 1:44am
Plenty of styles in this vintage pic.
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 1:45am
Great shades of indigo blue.
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 1:48am
Busy lads.
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 1:49am


Posted By: topgearskin
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 2:57am
All of the photo's in this thread are blowing my mind. Keep them coming, please


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 1:23am
Originally posted by topgearskin topgearskin wrote:

All of the photo's in this thread are blowing my mind. Keep them coming, please
 
Here you go then!


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 1:23am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 1:25am
Great 50's fashions in this shot.
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 1:29am
Cowboys ...... and girls.
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 1:30am
Not sure what is going on here .......
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 1:44am
Leather flying jackets ..............
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 1:48am
1940 .....
 


Posted By: Joseph Hill
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 6:00pm
Just to echo, keep 'em coming.  These are better than food to a hungry man.


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 12:07am
Must not forget Norma Jeane.
 
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 12:09am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 12:10am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 12:13am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 12:13am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 12:21am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 12:21am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 12:22am


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 1:05am
1954
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 1:07am
Catillac 1903. Looks like some of them are wearing LVC. Trendy!
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 1:08am
US Navy, 1950's
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 1:09am
US Navy 1950's
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 1:10am


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 3:16am
Great stuff double d!

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Posted By: cash
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 1:18pm

A buddy posted this photo on Facebook a few days ago. His grandpa is the fella up high on the right. The Strawberry Tunnel project is what brought water to the region of Central Utah where my great grandparents farmed. The photo brought back a lot of memories of my great grandfather. He was a World War I vet, loved International Scouts and would drive my siblings and me to the drive-in burger joint long after he was legally blind.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 1:44pm
wow great old photo cash, and awesome story.......must have been quite a ride with someone blind behind the wheel.........


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 1:59pm
Originally posted by cash cash wrote:


A buddy posted this photo on Facebook a few days ago. His grandpa is the fella up high on the right. The Strawberry Tunnel project is what brought water to the region of Central Utah where my great grandparents farmed. The photo brought back a lot of memories of my great grandfather. He was a World War I vet, loved International Scouts and would drive my siblings and me to the drive-in burger joint long after he was legally blind.

Great Story and great photo! Wish it was in my collection. If he ever sells it keep me in mind.



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Posted By: cash
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 2:07pm
^Next time I'm in his neck of the woods, I'll see what his collection is like. He is a bit of pack rat and loves the old mining stuff. He is a geologist and has an affinity to his family's mining background. I doubt he'll sell.


Posted By: Joseph Hill
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 7:24am

Maybe find if he'd like to post some here.  If he has any of the old mans' brother working on the nearby project 'Fudge Tunnel', we probably don't need to see them...



Posted By: nick
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2012 at 3:39pm
Great great thread. I especially love denimdart's stuff but all pics here are superb. Love the blue jeans, massive cuff, slicked back hair and boots look.


Posted By: drew
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2012 at 10:13pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227346531/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227346531/" rel="nofollow - Fine Brown Frames by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228115950/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228115950/" rel="nofollow - Toothpicks at five feet by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr


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Posted By: drew
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2012 at 10:18pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227425415/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227425415/" rel="nofollow - IMG_0069 by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228184090/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4228184090/" rel="nofollow - IMG_0046 by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227425677/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227425677/" rel="nofollow - IMG_0070 by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227422159/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227422159/" rel="nofollow - IMG_0061 by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227416737/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227416737/" rel="nofollow - My dad is somewhere in here. by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227415633/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/4227415633/" rel="nofollow - IMG_0048 by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr
Waiting for that cake.




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Posted By: drew
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2012 at 10:25pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/5228377892/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/5228377892/" rel="nofollow - Bells by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr
My God, look at those trousers.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/5228381138/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/5228381138/" rel="nofollow - Trousers 2 by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/5227783323/" rel="nofollow">
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewtolson/5227783323/" rel="nofollow - trousers 1 by http://www.flickr.com/people/drewtolson/" rel="nofollow - Drew Tolson , on Flickr


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Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2012 at 11:36am
Some pictures of vintage denim jackets.
 
Can anyone identify them?
 
 
 
Is that a Levis 213 in the middle?


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2012 at 8:21pm
the image isn't super clear, but it looks like it could be dog making me think it's from Pointer... or it sort of resembles the Wards Pow'r House logo a bit.

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Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2012 at 9:41pm
Two or three of them appear to be Lee 101j's (middle pic - left and btm pic - left and right) and maybe one or two Type 1's (middle pic - right and btm pic - middle) But I wouldn't stake my life on it.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2012 at 9:41pm
Yeah, agree with Robbie.  First one looks like a Powerhouse 101.  Last two are HD Lee 101J's and the pleated one is a 506xx.  Nice shots btw.


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2012 at 11:32pm
Always been curious if Lee and other brands called their jackets 101's because of the 101 Ranch in Indian Territory (Oklahoma)? 

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Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 30 Mar 2012 at 2:32pm


Mickey Spillane .




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Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 30 Mar 2012 at 3:22pm


Posted By: Joseph Hill
Date Posted: 02 Apr 2012 at 7:45am
About ten years ago my dad gave me some old t-shirts he had in the back of a drawer that hadn't fit him in years.  This was before I realized how things had changed from vntage to modern clothing in even simple things like undershirts.  The way they were cut and fit was great.  I tried all sorts of brands trying to reproduce the effect to no avail.  They fit pretty much like the above pics, and were probably from no later than the late sixties.  I was wearing awesome vintage and didn't know it (at least I appreciated it, even if I didn't know why).


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Date Posted: 04 Apr 2012 at 9:12pm







Posted By: badseed
Date Posted: 04 Apr 2012 at 9:13pm






Montana smoke jumpers late 1940s

lots of cool junk here


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Date Posted: 04 Apr 2012 at 9:19pm









Posted By: badseed
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2012 at 3:07am
how did i kill this thread so quick?


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 1:22am
Found these old pics on the net, which I thought worth posting. From 1950.
 
Good shots of vintage denim. Are these Levis?
 
 
 


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 2:28am
Work wear on the street.
Looks like the man in dungarees crossing the road has finished his work for the day.


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 2:32am
Bruce Springsteen's Dad chatting up the birds. Big smile
 


Posted By: Grant
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 5:03am
Always loved this 1939 photo.


Posted By: Joseph Hill
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2012 at 8:22am
Originally posted by denimdart denimdart wrote:

Found these old pics on the net, which I thought worth posting. From 1950.
 
 
 
 
 
Is that a young John Wayne Gacy?


Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2012 at 8:45am
In negotiating contracts, lawyers have referred to overly cautious guys as being a "belt and suspenders kind of guy".  Here he is Smile



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Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2012 at 12:25am
Buena 1939.
Thought this picture had a great atmosphere.


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2012 at 12:52am
J. Cash in chore jacket.


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2012 at 12:56am
I think this is a picture of American Japanese being relocated in about 1942. They loved their denim even then!


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2012 at 5:54am
Thanks to the vintage motorbike blog for these ............
 
Curly Sally & Les, what adventures did they get up to in 1945?
 
Les really needs to get some selvedge denim to go with those engineer boots.
 
Early 1950s jeans.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2012 at 9:47am
Awesome photos denimdart......thanks for sharing



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