I love amazing WW2 apparel and the classic A2 leather flight jacket is right at the top of that list. Usually you don’t see beautifully painted A2 jackets like this one in this good of condition. The painting is bright and bold. It sold way back in June but deserves to be noted.
Aero Leather Clothing Company produced these jackets from the state of New York for the WW2 effort. (The Vintage Leather Jacket Blog put together a short little history on them here) From the contract number, this one was commissioned in May of 1942.
From the listing:
“This is a rare original WW2 B-17 Painted Leather Type A-2 Flight Jacket .. Manufactured by Aero Leather Clothing Co. , Beacon , New York .. Size 38 .. British whistle attached to collar hook .. Nice leather and lining .. Waistband has a couple of small holes and the back of cuffs are worn .. Overall condition for a jacket this age is very nice .. The jacket belonged to Victor J. Acampa , a B-17 flight engineer from New Jersey .. I purchased the jacket many years ago from Mr. Acampa’s nephew and this was the only info he had .. It’s been in my collection for many years and it’s now time to let someone else enjoy it”
Here are the auction details:
Rare Original WW2 B-17 Painted Leather A-2 Flight Jacket – French Dressing
Seller: vintage-wings / Hampden, MA
Label: Aero Leather Clothing Company . 38
Condition: “Nice Condition”
Some of my favorite finds are the old panoramic shots from the early part of the century through the 1940′s. The beautiful settings, the level of quality detail, the fashion trends – all make these excellent slices of Americana at it’s finest.
This photograph comes from a motorcycle club meeting outside Grider Cycle Shop in 1927. It sold on eBay by way of best offer. It was listed at $385. I wish I would have bought it because it’s a great photograph of classic motorcycle culture.
Here are the details:
1927 PANORAMIC HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE CLUB PHOTO
Seller: miamisunshine / Miami, FL
Price: $385 : Best Offer
Condition: “very good condition”
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Here’s an excellent example of the 1980′s vintage Ray Ban Woodies made back when Bausch & Lomb was calling the shots. Certainly unique and crafted right here in the US of A. Check out other classic Ray Bans here and here. More information from the seller’s listing:
“Up for sale is an amazing pair of vintage Ray Ban Woodies! These sunglasses are in NOS (New Old Stock) condition, and have never been worn. the Woodies were made in the late 80′s by B&L Ray-Ban, and only 500 exist, according to them… So finding a pair in this condition is very rare!”
And here are the auction details:
VINTAGE BAUSCH & LOMB RAY-BAN WOODIES 5022 WAYFARER WOOD SUNGLASSES NOS W/CASE
Seller: sunglassesboy10 / Lawrenceville, GA
Label: Bausch & Lomb Ray Ban
Stellar pair of Chippewa engineer boots sold earlier this month with some gorgeous patina. From the listing:
“This is a very nice pair of Chippewa engineer boots and I think they are the 1940 model with a logger heel. They are very dark tobacco brown almost black. I took them to get conditioned and the repairman polished them brown even though I made a point of saying I wanted them black. I might have said a few million curse words. Anyway…. upside is they will match those great brown horsehide jackets and they are a one of a kind color. The horsehide leather is supple and solid, the straps are strong, buckles are good and the heels have a full horseshoe steel tap customized for throwing maximum sparks off the asphalt… I had the steel shanks re-sewn into the back seams and it looks good. These boots can probably be back to the original black again without too much trouble by a competent shoe repairman if you want them to be; but the rich brown black color has grown on me and they are a beautiful pair of boots with tons of original character.”
The brown color, while also being a consequence of the “incompetent” shoe polishing, comes from years of wear. These horeshide boots started out a black color and naturally took on a deep brown color. They are beautiful. Here are the auction details:
VTG 1940 CHIPPEWA MOTORCYCLE ENGINEER LOGGER HEEL BOOTS 8 dark brown
Seller: Stacy-4-11 / Seattle, WA
It’s been far too long since I’ve posted, and I regret that. In order to make it up to those who have been waiting, begging and pleading for some new vintage content, let’s go on a little tour of vintage from the last 2 months. We’ll start with this excellent US Navy Flight Jacket -a great piece of military history that sold on eBay way back on May 18th. From the listing:
“This jacket is an original U.S. Navy 37J1 from around 1937. The jacket is in well used condition, and is one of the most rare types found these days. These were issued throughout the 1930s by the Navy for flight crews, and a number of contractors made them, including Aero Leather. This particular contractor made flight clothing of other types for the Navy as well.
We were able to lend this very same jacket to The Real McCoy’s of Japan to make their own copy of this contract. It has done well, and they are currently still making it.”
Here are the auction details:
Original 1930s Pre-WWII Zielinski 37J1 U.S. Navy Flight Jacket Est. Size 42 USN
Seller: chapy2k / Mountlake Terrace, WA
Label: Bureau of Aeronautics Navy Department Style 37J1 by Michael A. Zielinski Co.
This amazing Wrangler Blue Bell denim shirt sold on eBay several days back. It’s another fine example of the denim western shirts that have been killing the eBay market over the last several months. The color and the condition really set this piece off – it’s hardly worn! From the listing:
“Fantastic original vintage 1940′s Wrangler Blue Bell Denim western Cowboy Shirt
All original in excellent condition
This shirt is NOT a Reproduction
Denim still very dark, washed a couple times only
All Snaps are excellent
No stains or holes.”
Here are the auction details:
Vintage Original 1940′s WRANGLER BLUE BELL Dark DENIM Western COWBOY SHIRT
Price: $1,525.00 (29 bids)
Label: Wrangler Blue Bell / Sz. 14.5-33
Condition: Near Deadstock – hardly worn!
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It’s only taken a decade but the wearekoalas online store has finally arrived. We’ve launched with a hand picked selection of top quality vintage products from our archive and a few pieces on consignment from around the country. Contact us if you have items you would be interested in selling – we’re always looking for new pieces.
Visit the new store page for a chance to add some fine quality pieces to your vintage collection. As always, feel free to make an offer on any item.
Thanks for being a part of wearekoalas.
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This image comes from Shorpy. “Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street. With “Harley-Davidson” in the big window under “Distributors,” and a smaller sign upstairs.” Click it to view the HD version.
Here’s an excellent vintage US Air Force tee shirt from the post World War 2 era. Looks to be in great shape too. $212 seemed like a lower selling price than I would have expected. Either way, it’s a great shirt. Here are the auction details:
Vintage US Air Force Military Training Tee T-Shirt Minter Field California
Seller: hopscotch2211 / Phoenix, AZ
Label: Still intact. Unable to read.
Condition: Looks to be in really great shape.