Monday, June 29, 2015

HOWDY HOWDY !!!!...THE NEW RIVETED T-SHIRTS ARE HERE



For those of you who have been following the blog for a while ,you might remember that a little over 4 years ago ,i came up with a very limited run of silk screened t shirts that ,thx to friends and enthusiastic customers ,sold quite fast . 


This time ,even if the general idea is basically the same :making some shirts that "could have been", I wanted a more authentic feel ,so i gave it a twist .Each design is hand printed using old paints and brushes on a recycled used shirt carefully selected for its feel and look in order to achieve that "been there done that" look of a customized field made shirt .
Four themes were developed for that project:USN,USMC,AAF and hot rod all inspired by real vintage pieces from my personal collection.Every shirt was printed differently also ,some monochrome ,some 2 tones ,some front and back mixing some designs in the process.As always the more you're gonna wash them the better they'll look .





















This time, i've decided,that the collection will be sold uniquely through what i consider to be the best vintage store in SF period :RELIC VINTAGE.
I'm pleased to have the collection featured in such a great place ,for my good buddy Oran Scott ,owner of the store,has been very supportive of the project from the beginning.
So,for those of you interested ,don't hesitate to get in touch with Oran or his lovely staff for the lowdown on that little project of mine .




and forget to ask for the RVETED T-SHIRTS

they can be reached at:
relicvintage on instagram or on their facebook page 
phone #: 415-255-7460 
hurry up ...... 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

TALKING ABOUT WW2 USMC P44 CAMOS











"Well ,it seems that,for the last year or so,there's been a new interest for the USMC frog skin's camos, mostly from wanna be designers and vintage newbies all wanting a piece of them,ready to pay crazy stupid prices just to "pretend " creating a new obssesion and most likely moving on to something else next year.....Is USMC camo the new "30's " !!?
today's post is about a nice set of P44 second pattern shirt and pants. Don't expect me to tell you how to tell a first pattern from a second one,or how to detect a fake from the real deal. 
At this point I am sure no one really knows when they stopped with one pattern and brought out the later, nor would it have any significance with regard to their utilization. There is no value difference in either pattern..If you want such an item,do your homework,work for it .. .not everything has to be about instant gratification .... ;-)
 
Yes,i know there's lots of nice setups in collections using the 44 camos, but they are not correct regarding your typical ww2 Marines."the P44's came in use only in the last few months of the war. 
The real issue, is that the only evidence[pictures] of P44's in use during the Pacific campaign,is that picture of a medical evacuation unit on Iwo Jima.
At that point i'm  not even sure if they are Navy or Marines. They apparently operated between shore and ships as some pics show them on ship. Even later on Okinawa, there are no P44 patterns to be seen at all,for now. As far as i known, they never were issued to front line combat units.I might be mistaken though .... 
Examples found nowadays,showing wear,were most likely used in stateside training  or post war for the same purpose. They were also apparently issued to some non USMC organizations such as USCG AND USNR,for training use as well....
Surplus were plentifully  sold to the French Army and can be seen modified on numerous pictures taken during the Indochina war by French paratroopers.

Regarding USMC camos,I think most people are still not aware,that beside a VERY LIMITED use by the Paramarines, and some Marine artillery outfits who were issued some army camo coveralls too in the Salomon's, the only camo the Marines used to any extant in ww2 were the 42 pattern and the helmet ....
Interestingly, there are a lot of pics showing Marine aviation ground crews etc. in the islands that are wearing the 42 pattern. Apparently they continued to use them well after the combat infantry stopped wearing them and switch back to the HBT P41......

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

EARLY 1900'S DENIM OVERALLS



As i haven't done any post for a while , i thought i'd share a rare piece from the vault.Not much can be said nor researched about these overalls , as unfortunately they bare no brand at all. nonetheless they feature all the "bells and whistles" of a classic early 1900's pair .i 'll let you appreciate their classic single needle construction and rudimentary hardware typical of early overalls......







And some period pictures to put them in perspective .......







Friday, April 24, 2015

THE REAL DEAL ....WW2 USN SEABEE'S SEABAG



Gotta love when you find an item that'll be easy to research ,i think you can't be more upfront than the one featured on today's post : a real ww2 USN seabag that belong to a Navy seabee.
Louie A Preston was a second class construction mechanic who served with the 39th NCB in the Pacific on Saipan .

On September 1944, the commander of Saipan's naval base presented to the island commander a plan for the development of a naval base, to include housing, boat-repair facilities, a seaplane base, tank farm, a naval supply depot, a naval hospital, an ammunition depot, fleet recreation areas, and general harbor developments. During October, the 39th, 17th, 101st, and 117th seabees and the 31st Special Battalion arrived at Saipan to construct the naval base. In December, the 51st Battalion reported to augment the construction forces. CBMU's 595 and 614 were also assigned to Saipan in the fall of 1944.

On October 11, the 39th Battalion, assisted by CBMU 595, began work on the seaplane base at Tanapag. They found the site littered with wrecked Japanese planes, wrecked masonry buildings, the twisted steel framework of Japanese hangars, a damaged concrete seaplane ramp, and a demolished concrete apron. The badly damaged buildings were destroyed and the area cleared of wreckage. Work was pushed to make major repairs to the Japanese ramp and parking area, to secure adequate drainage, and to increase the operating area.







Saturday, April 18, 2015

1933 501 LVC TEST RIDE ....



So a little over a year ago,i got myself a pair of raw 33s from the LVC lineup and decided to wear them on a daily bases,or so, for a year with just one rinse .....here's the result .Beside the fact that i'll have to darn them at the crotch ,as expected ,i'm quite happy with the look and feel of them .....