Tuesday, October 26, 2010


From the collection of Clark Kinsey ,Oregon loggers in the early 30's .Note the army duck coat...

Very similar coat from the pages of a 1926 Montgomery Ward catalog....

The model on the left side is almost identical [ snaps aside] to the one under....

Remnants of the 1934 dated QMC tag.....

I'm gearing up for winter, Pacific north west or Canadian style ,depends the mood i'm in.I'd say,for SF what's more versatile ,when freezing cold is not quite knocking at your door,than the classic logger's coat !?
Today's featured piece,is a rare example from the 30's and its classic look hasn't changed that much over decades and is still produced nowadays by American companies such as Filson.
This beauty is made of 10-ounce water repellent army duck od #3 canvas.It has 4 snaps and 5 buttons concealed under the fly.The "sport collar" with loop is offering maximum protection once lifted .The coat has a double seamless waterproofed cape ,front and back and over the sleeves .Just 2 small pocket though but who cares !??

In between the wars,military canvas products ,such as sleeping bags, covers, flag and raincoats,were produced by the" tent department " of the Philadelphia quatermaster corps.The tent depot has often met humanitarian needs by providing tents, cots, blankets, bed sacks and clothing to sufferers of tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, epidemics, earthquakes, fires and floods. Usually, these "loaned" supplies were written off and "lost".

Through 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt encouraged Congress to take steps to relieve unemployment. Congress established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which enrolled 300,000 young men to work on forestry, erosion and flood control. Where did the tents, cots, clothing and other canvas equipment came from? Yes, the Quartermaster .Even if it had large stocks on hand from World War I ,CCC demands required further expansion of the tent factory. By the spring of 1934, the tent shop had 112 tent sewing machines in operation.
Some new pieces of garments ,were also developed during that period and assigned to the CCC.Today's featured coat ,largely inspired by a classic logger's coat, is among such items .No specific designation for this rare coat ,just the pattern's date of 1934.
This loggers coat ,was most likely produced for 8 years,to the most, up until 1941 when it was discontinued.......


  1. Great ! I really like this very pure jacket… and also the brown beach style vest in the catalog (with double breasted) !!!!!

  2. Great and well-informed post.

    Love the detail : the logger jacket on the tree, well done again Patrick !

  3. you can even use dubbing on it,to give it the oiled clothe look .i don't think i will though .it's a hard one to break in .the vest is winner for sure .


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