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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Featured today,a new addition to the collection :a rare A series G1 .This example belonged to Lieutenant R.O. Beeson who flew Skyraiders for the VAW-12 squadron AKA "the Bats".VAW 12 was a U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron. Beeson was later with the VAW 33

The bats at work april 1960

VAW 12 first cruise patch

59 cruise 

This special Talon zipper was only used by Ralph Edwards on the 61 A series 

Original VAW 12 patch 

On left side the VAW 33 patch 

This rare pre Viet Nam (1961) "A" series jacket was manufactured by Ralph Edwards Sportswear .Edwards had contract with the Navy from 61 to 64. The 7823A series jackets are probably the rarest of the entire G-1 series and were made by only two manufacturers,the other one being  Irvin Foster . Edwards A series jackets usually have the darkest seal color of all G-1 jackets.As on this example, the goatskin is exceptional; light with lots of grain and character.

This Edwards A series features a rather unique flat pull Talon zipper with the large teeth as seen on later jackets with the "paperclip" pull.It has to be noted that,for both contractors of the A series the zipper was painted black.this being unique to A series and some B series jackets.
As with all pre-1967 jackets the "A" series features high quality goatskin leather, a single ply rib rack waistband, and a real mouton collar. In sum, this is an awesome example of a rare pre Viet Nam 7823A series jacket.....