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.
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.
Genuine pair of 1960s Lee Union-alls. Size 38. Fits 5’8” to 5’11”. This pair I think is early 60s due to the Talon zipper pull. From a time when more Americans were getting dirty on the job!
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.
Two of Hanes staple products come together in this early insulated sweatshirt. The Wind Shield gets a boost from Hanes’ insulation layer and a new product is born. The insulating layer is attached at the seams but loose elsewhere, not melded to the outer layer. Wide cuffs at wrists and hem. Exterior seams have almost a selvedge look to them and break up the heatherd gray exterior.
This is an authentic Lion’s Drag Strip Class winner jacket. Mid-1960s era. Jacket is a Buddie Original by Alsup Enterprises of Bellflower, CA. Jacket appears to be garage worn, with some grease spots on right elbow, back of jacket an left elbow. Front has tiny hole near snaps that doesn’t go all the way through. Also some slight thread bare spots. Inside satin is dirty around the bottom third. Small hole on left inside lapel. Right armpit lining is a little blown out as well. Collar is dingy, but in nice shape otherwise. This jacket does have its condition issues. I am selling as is and leaving up to the buyer to either restore or enjoy in its original glory.
Ralph is chain stitched on the left lapel. My research indicates this would have been added by the winner and not included at time of presentation. Closest possible match I can find on a driver would be Ralph Hayes registered in 64 and 65 in a Chrysler Hemi AA/FD dragster driver out of California.
This iconic chore coat design was previously designated 91-J in the labels that preceded it. Prior versions using the older Lee logo where the tail of the L extends underneath both e’s. Besides label and button changes the design remains the same. Triple stitched seams, brass tone hardware and same iconic lines. Maybe the most tale tell sign is the three button cuff. The jacket seen here has some beautiful fading and patch work on the lower tail end.