A true early-mid 1970s mountaineering boot. This Kastinger has a couple unique construction attributes. The hinged heel allows for the boot to flex without stressing putting undue stress on the boot or the wearer. Second feature that makes this boot both special and revolutionary is the stitchless injection-molded welt, which is quite a departure from the Norwegian and Goodyear welts most boots of this era used.
The gaiters seen here are a similar era (maybe a little later) The North Face nylon blend model.
A unique offering from one of the iconic labels in hunting apparel. This bag from the 1930s-1940s pairs well with the company’s jackets and would prove useful in the field. It’s made of a herringbone weave cotton with leather buckle for the flap. Two compartments inside with grommeted bottom to let moisture and small particles escape. While the likely use would be munitions and other sundries, it’s possible it could be used to carry small game if you’re lucky enough to fill up the game pocket on your jacket.
This is a legitimate expedition weight REI down parka. You’d probably have to collect the down from about 4 of your average TNF or Holubar down jackets to get up to this thing’s standard. When fluffed the thing sits about 8″ thick laying flat zipped up. Contains about 2.5 lb worth of down fill. Has heavy gauge zip closure with snap over flap. Also has an a line of snaps on the inside storm flap so you can close the jacket without zipping. Not sure if this is so one doesn’t have to work a zipper in freezing cold or so that the wear can breath just a little if they chose. Double snap option runs all the way up through the snorkel hood. Has two insulated pockets outside and one inside.
Get this thing fully buttoned up and cinched and you’ll look just like Kenny from Southpark. In today’s age this would be easily four figures worth of down fill goodness.
I’ve not yet found a great deal of information into the production and use of these old denim US ARMY fatigues. With so much militaria being of OD Green and khaki descent, denim pieces are seemingly unique. After finding a few other examples of similar jacket labels, it’s safe to say that this item does date back to the 1940s and was succeeded by a few other denim jackets before the army discontinued. This, the earlier version, has amazing zinc embossed buttons which are surprisingly thin, yet sturdy. The lines on the jacket are much like you would see on any civilian chore jacket. Which makes sense as the military often times contracts from suppliers who also make civilian work wear. This one here is missing the neck tag which would have had the pertinent information. Manufacturers of this style include Reliance MFG and Lutece MFG.
This jacket is currently available. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The thermometer sign in itself is not a rare piece. My research shows it to be a favorite advertising format for many products, for the first half or more of the 20th century. Dr. Pepper signs of many versions can be found with thermometers. Many using the “Enjoy Hot or Cold” slogan. This particular version, inclusive of “the friendly Pepper Upper” text seemed to be a bit more rare in nature. The sign was painted on as opposed to porcelain which may have affected durability and decreased production rates.
This is an unwashed Champion Reverse Weave sweatshirt from the 1960s/70s. Easily distinguishable by the large 4″ cuffs at wrists and bottom. The wide band at the hem of this sweatshirt keeps the fabric bunched here, but it would eventually loosen up after wear and wash. This era of Reverse Weave tags were color coded by size. Blue seen here is small. Red Medium and Large, Gold XL, from what I have seen. This example still has original sales tag from the university book store. Presumably University of Northern Colorado as it was found here in CO.