Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Jacob Dubow immigrated to the U.S. and established Dubow Glove Co. in Chicago in 1912. The company manufactured work gloves and were popular enough for the company to expand their operations in 1918. This coincided with their foray into the sporting goods market. The company eventually changed its name to J.A. Dubow Mfg. The sporting goods division came into its own in the 1920's and produced some quality baseball gloves. The company was able to gain the endorsements of some of the star baseball players of the day.As a lot of you already know ,the company was part of the war effort producing some of the best looking A2 jackets but also some rare early 50's G-1.....

Yes!!, early 7823 jackets were issued and worn during the Korean war .Today up for your consideration ,here is on of them,a rather rare G1 :the J.A. Dubow Sporting Goods Corp. MIL-J-7823 [aer] from the early 50's.Among flyght jacket collectors Dubow is mostly known  for its great A2 jackets or for its baseball gloves but few people know that the company also had two contracts with the U.S. Navy ,contract NO. N383S-4833A and  NO. N383S-4765A for G-1 jackets.These jackets are fairly rare, so finding an example in good condition is great. The Dubow jacket has a number of unique design features very reminiscent of the M-422a design : long body and very short sleeves, front leather panels wrapping around the jacket so the back is smaller.The wind flap is small and pockets that are far from the zipper.

Monday, October 20, 2014


What's on the turntable today !? well perhaps what is among my favorite lp cover in my collection .The title of the album "Have Guitar - Will Travel, is a take on a popular TV show of the time called:" Have Gun Will Travel" The show is about a pay-for-hire gunslinger named Paladin played by Richard Boone. Paladin's business card read "Have Gun, Will Travel - wire Paladin - San Francisco." San Francisco ....see the Riveted connection here !?? Palladin had a horse; Bo had the coolest two tones pin striped 1957 Cushman scooter i've seen to date....

The iconic shot was taken at 368 Livingston Street at Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. The Brooklyn Fox Theater used to be right across the street from where the cover photo was taken. The Fox used to host famous early Alan Freed's  rock n roll shows .Before ,Freed's shows were originally held in the Brooklyn Paramount until that theater closed.The Fox Theater was demolished in the late 1960's. 

                      some more pictures from the same session .........

                  in front on the Brooklyn FOX theater that same day

The two guys riding the scooter with Bo Diddley ......with the maracas it's Jerome Green, a member of Diddley's band at the time who was credited as the maracas player in the liner notes on the album.The other guy is Bo's drummer Clifton James

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


A little over a month ago,The PAPA got in touch with me ,asking if i was interested in putting the "RIVETED" touch on one of his products: the Corsair cap .First, i didn't really know how to approach this "informal collab. ,as it's already the perfect cap .Then by looking at PAPA's red cross convoy beanie, thought about a plausible link between the two and then,thought about creating what could have been :a CORPSMAN'S CORSAIR CAP . 
so i took one of the caps PAPA sent me and went "Hollywood" on it for an entire day to emulate the:"been there done that" look of a movie prop.
After putting my own PAPA UNIS marking on one side,i recreated what was an early war corpsman helmet marking :an off centered small red cross over a white disc .....
Photographic evidence shows that early in WWII, some corpsmen wore helmets with a small red cross inside a small white circle.But they started to be constantly targeted by Japanese snipers ,so,In order to reduce their visibility and conceal their trade from the enemy, Navy Corpsmen switched to smaller less visible markings a stenciled  white discs on helmets (front & rear) HBT uniform's top of shoulders, sleeves and bottoms of trousers. this practice was apparently not followed for equipment …

Thursday, October 9, 2014


What are the odds of such a find at a local flea market in France !? 15 issues of the NEW MASSES  from 1929 to 1931 all packed with amazing articles and art .just sharing a small sample of what's inside,as there's literally great artwork on every pages .enjoy .......

New Masses magazine, was originally founded in NY in 1926 as a monthly magazine, it followed the model of two earlier American socialist journals: The Masses and The Liberator.

New Masses magazine, was an American Marxist magazine published from 1926 to 1948, closely associated with, although not connected with, the Communist Party in the US. By publishing a large number of visual images along with political analysis, essays on historical and current events, contemporary fiction, and reviews of art exhibits, theater, and films, this "experimental journal" proved to be unique at the time and became highly influential in intellectual circles during the great depression even being called ‘the principal organ of the American cultural left’ from 1926 onwards, until its final issue in 1948.
Over the years most of the well-known left-wing writers produced material for the magazine. This included Erskine Caldwell, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos and Eugene O'Neill.
in the 30's Michael Gold became editor and produced a visually exciting journal by employing artists such as William Gropper, Art Young, Hugo Gellert and Reginald Marsh. By 1935 sales of the magazine had reached 25,000.