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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Phillips Finlay: 1929

Phillips Finlay: 1929

Golfer Phillips Finlay at the Chevy Chase Club in 1929. View full size. 4x5 inch glass negative from the National Photo Company Collection.

 

Note the jacket...

...modeled on the aviator's flight jacket, this was the single most popular casual outerwear in the '20s and early '30s. At the time, it was usually called a "blouse," and made of capeskin (glove leather) in natural tan or suede, and unlined. They weren't very durable, though, so they're very rare today and the style has mostly been lost. You can, however, still buy repros of the Army Air Corps version known as the A-1.

Phillips Finlay

I haven't been able to find out too much about Phillips Finlay. He was one of the top amateur golfers of the late 1920s while still an undergraduate at Harvard. His big problem was that the period of his greatest talent occurred during the time that Bobby Jones was THE greatest golfer in the world. Finlay first appeared in the US Amateur - then as important as the US Open - in 1927. In 1930 he lost in the semi-finals of the US Amateur. After that I have no idea what happened to him.

What a pair...

I cannot take my eyes off those argyles.

I say, old chap.

It looks like we've found the American equivalent of Bertie Wooster.

 
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