By Cory Doctorow at 12:15 pm Sat, Oct 27, 2012
Turning to page 326, we find a selection of sartorial wonderments for boys. The hats, the rayon ties, the better quality rayon ties, the Jr Commander and Jr Tech lids... It's a lad's paradise!
Please don’t feed me to the mighty Aralac!
Which turns out to be … synthetic wool. Made from cheese. I had to look it up, myself. I’m boggled that this is even possible.
I thought you were joking, so I looked it up too and it’s true. They made WWII uniforms out of it because of wool shortages. Amazing, and stylish to boot!
I want that red neck-tie with the airplane on it to wear through airport security. Just in case there’s an exception to inspection for the feeble minded.
I’ll have M, S and… jesus, gets difficult… fuck I guess Y.
My last roommate in SF was still wearing Y to work in 2000.
Navy hat and suspenders. Mine.
Some of those hats are actually pretty spiffy.
Do senior techs get to wear a bigger feather?
I’ll take a Gob, then have some smack.
98 cents a Gob is a bargain in anyone’s language!
What ? You didn’t think that any of ’em would be caught dead in the MILITARY outfits, did you ?
Now that I think to adjust the prices for inflation, I think you’re on to something. A buck and a half for a child’s hat, in mid 1940s dollars, is insanely expensive, especially during war-time. This is a VERY rich person’s catalog.
I went to an inflation calculator and it turns out that the most expensive here, the streamliner at $2.19, would cost $27.00 today. Not exactly a luxury item.
This is how you get urban hipsters. Make them dress this way when they’re kids, and they’ll wear this stuff *ironically* a few years later.
Christmas, 1948. Twelve-year-old Johnny opens a present- “Oh, boy! A new HAT! And it’s a Southwesterner! Gosh, thanks Mom and Dad!” Warms the heart.
That is SO not what I thought a sou’wester looked like.
“Accessories for Boys”…who don’t mind getting the cr*p beat out of them.
“Tween-age”? That’s a few decades ahead of its time.
Not in the Shire.
I want to live there just for the privilege of living long enough to call myself eleventy-one.
You can totally — and I mean completely, irrevocably, and irredeemably — ruin your grandson’s Christmas by putting one of these items under the tree for him this coming holiday season.
Be sure to insist that he wears his new hat when his friends come over to show off their presents.
I used to have one of those hats. And also a sky blue suit. Can 8 year olds be pimps?
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