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Best Made Inspiration: Signal-Flag Jackets
“The colorful jackets are manufactured by Mighty Mac of Glouster, Mass., which got its start over 50 years ago by making slickers for the local fishermen. In the midst of the current pleasure-boating boom which now involves 40 million Americans, the company has begun making sailing gear for amateurs that can take rugged wear and weather and still look attractive. The jackets, which are made in water repellent cotton, cost $17 for men’s sizes, $15 for women, and $13 for children, which, for the water-wings crewman, comes as small as a size two.” (from Life Magazine, 04.28.61)
Special thanks to our intern Jess Yan for finding this gem!
So in love with these old Motor Boating covers.
One night a number of months ago, a man wearing a ruffled shirt appropriate for a pirate walked up to me at Cuzzy’s and handed me a plastic grocery bag. “Here. This is for you. Go in the bathroom and put it on. No peeking!”
I was a tad nervous about what I was going to find in the bag, but I obliged. Liquid courage. This particular night I was wearing a sequined jacket and a fedora style straw hat - but when I walked out of the bathroom, I was wearing what I found in the bag - a short cropped sequined rainbow vest with a matching sash wrapped around the brim of my hat (my sequins must have inspired the gift). Paul, (the pirate) was tickled and the rainbow sparkles now have a home in my dress-up pile.
Come to find out, Paul lives in a house with an attic filled with fabulous vintage garments. After searching in vain for the owner of the clothes, he decided to start giving the stuff away. Every Thursday night at Cuzzy’s (it’s also Karaoke night) he arrives at the bar with a garment bag filled with an assortment of items - pressed and ready to go home with a new owner. When it’s time, Paul gives me a glance and motion towards the back deck. This is my cue to gather a gaggle of girls (and boys - last week Alex snagged the navy dress to send to his girlfriend) and once we’re gathered round, he presents each item, giving it to the most enthusiastic heckler. It’s a blast.
The snaps above are from last week. I came home with the lavender lace dress.