Fading Fast

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We (well, I) often note how the '30s and '40s (and '50s) were the era of the large-scale herringbone pattern. Flanderian's generous posting of these Esquire illustrations confirms that almost daily.

Just today, I caught some of 1937's "The Awful Truth" on TCM with a young Ralph Bellamy (yup, one of the "old guys" from "Trading Places") wearing a large-scale herringbone sport coat. Unfortunately, I could only find a few pics and none that really show the scale off well (if you enlarge the screen, it helps a bit).

Still, it's just more proof that large-scale herringbone was common back then.
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We (well, I) often note how the '30s and '40s (and '50s) were the era of the large-scale herringbone pattern. Flanderian's generous posting of these Esquire illustrations confirms that almost daily.

Just today, I caught some of 1937's "The Awful Truth" on TCM with a young Ralph Bellamy (yup, one of the "old guys" from "Trading Places") wearing a large-scale herringbone sport coat. Unfortunately, I could only find a few pics and none that really show the scale off well (if you enlarge the screen, it helps a bit).

Still, it's just more proof that large-scale herringbone was common back then.
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Gorgeous!
And I bet you could wear it for arctic exploration! :pirate:
 

Fading Fast

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As you guys note, that sport coat is not super hundred something thread count. That there is tweed - thick and tightly woven wool meant to, as Eagle implies, stop a small caliber bullet.
 

Fading Fast

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⇧ That might be Fellows' weakest effort so far - it looks as if he wasn't really trying. Heck, I like the illustration below his better and we know, when he wants to, he can put almost any other illustrator to shame.
 

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These are the only two illustrations from Esquire, July 1943 -

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"Nothing nude under the sun! :icon_scratch:??? Well that certainly wasn't true back in the mid 1970's on a couple of California beaches near Lompoc/Vandenberg AFB, CA. I may have been the only occupant of said beaches with even a stitch of clothing on, as I stood there in my chinos and pale blue sport shirt! Although my compadre did strip down to his "tightie-whities" in his effort to fit in, perhaps proving the wisdom of 'not ever allowing the inmates to leave the asylum! LOL. ;)
 
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