#121: Two if by Shirt
A year ago I wrote what now seems like a hopelessly romantic piece about life after finding the perfect vintage sailor shirt. Did I really believe that I could die free n’ happy after finding it? Well, CUE UNBRIDLED FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS, PEOPLE, because some dreams are ’bout to come true! Actually, cue it X2 because a for all my questing I’ve got an idyllic beauty for each classic motif; blue and white, and red and white. Apparently women need options.
Cotton sailor shirt c. 1930’s, made in France for Saks.
Adventures in eBay fanaticism! I scooped this on a whim off of an auction with one blurry picture , from a seller unable to send me a picture of the tag- the best indicator of it’s age. If a tag feels as if it is made from a synthetic fabric, has a wonky font, or lists content such as “100% cotton”, you’re looking at something from a later era. Content tags with percentages first appeared in the 60’s. Content tags that say “All Cotton”, for example, might be from the 50’s.
The left hand seams on very old tees tend to curve forward.
Cotton sailor shirt c. 1940’s, no tag. I picked this up last fall at Stock in NYC for a pretty penny.
A cigarette pocket on the left hand arm. Clothing fitted with practical accouterment! You could have easily offered your doctor a smoke while he took your blood pressure.
Cotton sailor shirts worn on breezy, sunny days, with or without all the daydreams I had attached to my original vision sounds really fine. Most importantly: good times in great oldies. I’m glad it’s spring.