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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Men's Furnishings: 1959

Men's Furnishings: 1959

Oct. 23, 1959. "Bloomingdale's. Hackensack, New Jersey. Men's shop. Raymond Loewy, client." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Everything looks good

except that the visual people buttoned the bottom button on the jacket on the mannequin on the left; always was and always will be a sartorial no-no. One can see the slight beginning of pulling through the hips that this will inevitably cause. Please don't do it.

Loewy?

What is the reference to industrial designer R. Loewy?

[Gottscho-Schleisner was working on commission from Loewy. -tterrace]

[Whose firm designed the interior seen here. - Dave]

Bloomies

Bloomies were so well dressed in 1959, even their furniture wore bow ties.

English tab collars

The guy on the left is sporting an English style tab collar on his shirt. They were my favorites in the late 50s because no matter how badly I made my necktie knots, the tab collar always made them look good. Used to make a trip to Carson Pirie Scott on Chicago’s State Street about every other week to buy a few while going to school there in 1959/1960. These shirts are still available online.

Reminds Me

Of Raleigh Haberdashers. Long gone and still fondly remembered.

Ah! Room To Move Around!

So much space! You can actually walk around without bumping into a rack or another shopper. Today's stores try to cram so much into so little space; it's a wonder clothes are on the floor being stepped on, not to mention other shoppers stepping on my toes. I remember stores like this: Robert Hall, Alexanders, Gertz etc. - they were a pleasure to shop in.

The more things change ...

The suits on the mannequins are still very much in style today, as are the plaid shirts to their right. Even the hat on the mannequin has come back into style after many years in the wilderness (so to speak) thanks to hipsters.

 
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