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Ed Lecuyer

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Re: Sources for period clothing?
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2018, 11:15:57 PM »
Hi Bill,

I combined your question with a previous thread (pun not really intended, but I'll take it) on the subject.

I was looking for a new (old) shirt myself not too long ago, and was disappointed that the one I have is no longer available. I did find this one:
https://www.riverjunction.com/Laborers-Shirt_p_3789.html
at:
https://www.riverjunction.com/
But I haven't ordered it yet.


From above, other sources:
https://www.historicalemporium.com/
http://www.premierclothing.com/index.php?
https://recollections.biz/ (Womens clothes)

And some others from the RYPN thread:
http://www.rmconnection.com/Dickies.htm#engineer
https://lcking.com
https://www.round-house.com/
https://www.keyapparel.com/
https://www.filson.com/
http://www.millerhats.com/catalog/index.php?catText=Caps%20-%20Rail%20Road%20&catID=95
https://www.stormykromer.com/
https://workingperson.com/workwear-brands/kromer-hats-caps.html
https://www.ebay.com/sch/zasu/m.html
http://www.misterfreedom.com/workman-pincheck.html

I recently purchased a new Conductors hat for myself from a vendor at the Springfield show. He does not have a website and have misplaced his contact information. He was located in Mass somewhere. It is nicer than the one linked above and (supposedly) an authentic design.

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Re: Sources for period clothing?
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2018, 11:23:17 PM »
Here's a great web site that was in the RYPN thread with lots of examples, dates, etc. of vintage workwear:
http://www.vintageworkwear.com/
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Re: Sources for period clothing?
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2018, 11:47:50 PM »
Historical Emporium;   https://www.historicalemporium.com/

Great outfit high quality stuff. I have dealt with them and am a very satisfied customer.

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Re: Sources for period clothing?
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2018, 02:02:37 AM »
https://www.allseasonsuniforms.com/

I highly recommend L.C. King (Pointer Brand) as well.

One of the things I notice from old photos of the railway is the variety of clothes reaches well beyond the typical denim.

Here are some interesting articles on the subject:
https://blairmountainreenactment.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/the-history-of-overalls/
https://vintagedancer.com/vintage/mens-vintage-workwear-1920s-1930s-1940s-1950s/

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Re: Sources for period clothing?
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2018, 05:30:03 AM »
Bill,

I was told that we were targeting 1910, or thereabouts.  I looked around at pictures and put together things that looked like they were from that period.  This includes my bowler hat a la Ira style, which I now consider a Ira Memorial.  That I created from a regular black hat with an appropriate brim that I steamed and reshaped to the bowler style.  That being said, I know Ed Lecuyer found a source that looks very authentic down to the proper buttons for the suspenders and shirt materials. 

Now that my face is worn and creased I know when I wear my bowler hat I get my photo taken a lot when I am brakeman on the passenger trains.  Baseball caps weren't used back then.  Newsboy hats were the most common.

There are several conductors outfits in the house if you want one of those. 

On days that we are making photo runs, or tourist visitor days I try and dress for the duty that I have for that day, brakeman, conductor, fireman or engineer. 
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« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2018, 09:32:15 PM »
Thanks everyone for the responses.  I guess I missed the thread from a few years ago!
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Re: Sources for period clothing?
« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2018, 02:07:00 PM »
I have found newsboy caps on Ebay.

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Re: Sources for period clothing?
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2018, 05:21:15 PM »
Bill, I cheaped out and bought my jean coat at K-mart, and wear straight up jeans for special charters. Though not 100% historic it is very close. As time goes on, I will continue to improve my period era clothing.
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« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2018, 11:14:01 PM »
That makes me dream. I love overalls.They are so comfortable to wear. I've got a few of them . Out here believe me or not only pregnant women wears them.

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« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2018, 02:54:31 AM »
On a visit to the Drake Well Museum at Titusville, Pa. several years ago, I learned about a woman who worked with her husband in the oil patch in the 1920's and 30's. According to her recorded voice, she wore bib overalls backwards so that it was easy for her to go to the bathroom while out on the job. (No Job Johnnies at work sites in those days!)

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« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2018, 03:27:40 PM »
Just found some of these great documentaries made by Sumner McKane, a Damariscotta native. Check out the trailers to 'The Northeast by Eastern", "In the Blood", and "The Maine Frontier" all of which have great stills and film footage that display period clothing worn in Maine and New England.

http://www.sumnermckane.com/index.php?/blog/film/
https://www.reelhouse.org/sumnermckane/the-maine-frontier

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« Reply #26 on: February 15, 2018, 06:04:35 AM »
In Allan's Mom's pix where the crew was unloading rail - that green corduroy cap looks familiar.
I have one I got back in '72 or '73 made by a husband and wife team (I was told in Maine? i do not remember where)
It is lined and has ear flaps. Mine is Burgundy.  I was also told they were making them for RR men.
We lived in CT at the time. A customer of mine used to visit Maine.
The question is - is someone still making them or is that green one that old also.

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« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2018, 12:32:25 PM »
On one work weekend I asked Vern Shaw - who wore vintage-styled railroad clothes - if he knew anything about the hat business called "Hats and Totes" in Milo, Maine near the Bangor & Aroostook shop town Derby.  I had heard of it from a co-worker at the Conn. Central RR, the late Russ St. John (who built and donated one of the work flats at the WW&F).  Vern gave me a name - think it was Sandra Moore.  I went to Milo and tried to track the business down with no success.  As close as I got was some local said "used to be over there" pointing at a vacant building. Never could connect with Sandra.

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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2018, 04:20:40 AM »
Bill
The name "Hats & Totes" tickles a feeling (that is less than a memory) but as I said
it was near half a century ago.

Of course I wear my WW&F hat when I go to train related activities. 

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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2018, 04:17:06 PM »
On one work weekend I asked Vern Shaw - who wore vintage-styled railroad clothes - if he knew anything about the hat business called "Hats and Totes" in Milo, Maine near the Bangor & Aroostook shop town Derby.  I had heard of it from a co-worker at the Conn. Central RR, the late Russ St. John (who built and donated one of the work flats at the WW&F).  Vern gave me a name - think it was Sandra Moore.  I went to Milo and tried to track the business down with no success.  As close as I got was some local said "used to be over there" pointing at a vacant building. Never could connect with Sandra.
Ann Moore’s Cap and Totes
P.O. Box 104
Charleston, ME 04422
(207) 285-3472
Her line includes the New England Denim sweat band with striped crown and the corduroy with ear flaps.
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