Example of a civilian model jacket design based on the N-1. The N-1, to a lesser extent of then the Air Force A-2, MA-1 and N3-B became somewhat legendary for being a well-serving, functional jacket. The problem is one had to enlist and end up in certain positions to receive one. Post WWII patterns and probably sometimes even surplus were converted for civilian use. Today you still see similar jackets being produced by everyone from Schott to Abercrombie and Fitch.
The Jacket seen here has a very similar cut and fabric composition as a Navy issue N-1. Unfortunately the liner is made up of a blended pile and not what would have been alpaca. Still the rugged cut and warmth make these civilian versions a great option for someone who wants the style at a fraction of the price for an original.
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.
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.
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.
Always love finding these bags and wanted to post a couple of examples. Most common colors are brown and duck (tan), but I’ve also seen blue in later models. The heart-shaped handles are unmistakable and a hallmark of LL Bean bags. They’re used on the all-leather tote, wood carriers and even certain canvas (boat and tote) models. Contrary to popular belief, or despite what listings say, the bottom is not leather. Instead, at least in the versions I’ve found, synthetic like vinyl. I am not saying there aren’t leather bottom versions out there, but at least in the case of these ( and the one is a rather old, script logo label), they are synthetic bottoms.
Older model N-B3 “Snorkle” parka . From what’s left of the black label, it appears to be made by Skyline. Originally used at Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City, SD.
It has wool lined pockets and a real fur snorkel hood (though patches of the fur are missing). Has reflective strips (see odd color strips on front and back) sewed on. Not sure if this was added at the base or later for civilian use. I’ve come across photos of other parkas with the same reflective addition, so I am assuming the was added on base to make ground crew more visible at night. Conmar zipper at main closure and on the sleeve pocket. This particular parka is in pretty rough shape and has some repairs.
Arizona based artist Ross Stefan (1934 -1999) original art dated 1971. Titled “Antelope Girl at the Summer Hogan”, this piece depicts a Navajo woman, girl as the title suggests, seemingly older and wiser than other girls. She peers inquisitively off over her right shoulder. The artist’s impressionist style coming through in the hues and lines of the hogan in the background. A turquoise earring dangles complementing the chambray shirt, a mix of traditional and modern styles . Pink splashes in the background reflections of the Arizona desert, land and sky where she lives.
This piece was acquired as is. Sadly neglected in its last home. Appears to have water damage resulting in fading and gradation of paint on the front throughout the background and the woman’s hair. Fortunately her face, the focal point of the piece has been spared the worst of it. Some small paint chips in her hair and pink behind her head.
Marking show this is clearly a documented work and you won’t find documentation of it elsewhere on the internet. Piece is available for purchase. Email Rob@basecampvintage.com for details.