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#122: 2 for the price of 1

April 18, 2010

I usually tend toward the simple and nuanced but sometimes a little bit (or a lot) of flair is permissible, if not irresistible.

Reversible  satin “souvenir jacket” c. 1953-54

Charlie’s souvenir jacket, now mine.

Fantastic embroidery featuring Mount Fuji rising above the clouds, and a map of fair Japan.

“Chas” on the cream side for when Charlie was feeling extra casual.

Mount Fuji and a sweet lookin’ traditional Japanese motif.

These types of jackets were termed ‘souvenir jackets’ for the enlisted fellas serving their country in the far east.  Based on the date of this jacket we know that it was picked up in Japan during the Korean war, where our boys were either stationed or often visiting.

Speed metal zipper, made in Tokyo.

While there’s still a bit of a chill in the air, instead of reaching for the usual leather or denim, maybe I’ll reach for something with some shiny and even historic flair.  Why not.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010 9:25 am

    very nice

  2. kathleen permalink
    June 29, 2010 7:04 pm

    Beautiful photos, funny commentary. I like!

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