As many of you know, I collect uniform catalogs. I usually prefer the ones that include fabric swatches, but a few weeks ago I scored a 1962 Wilson catalog with an unusually large amount of great material. No swatches? No problem. Here’s a peek at some of the stuff that had me oohing and ahhing as I flipped through the pages:
• Gotta love a company that refers to its uniforms as “Coloramic.” But that does seem to be the appropriate term for these designs (dig those vertically striped socks, too — remember, this was 1962, when the Broncos were wearing their vertically striped hose).
• I don’t know what to make of a term like “Action Fitted Pants.” Like, as opposed to sitting-on-the-bench-fitted?
• I think you all know how much I love striping option pages.
• Here’s another one of those helmets with a padded crown. Wilson called theirs a “shock absorbing panel” — pretty bland compared to the “Absorblo” found in that 1969 MacGregor catalog that Jeff Fedenko let me look at a few weeks back.
• These shoes look so totally bitchin’. No swooshes, no doodads, just black leather, white laces, and stitching. The stitching around the toe area almost looks like a cap-toe dress shoe — nice.
• Pages like this send me into a total swoon. I mean, look at some of those designs! Love the super-precise descriptions, too: “One row 3/8 inch and one row 7/8 inch rayon braid 7/8 inch apart around bottoms and pyramids.”
• I’d shove my own grandma out of the way to get my hands on any of the garments shown on this page. Actually, I don’t have any living grandparents, but you get the idea. This page is almost as good. And check out the sleeve options shown at the bottom of this page.
• Women’s hoops, alas, gets a rather cursory treatment.
• You knew this was coming — the hosiery pages. Coloramics strikes again, as this page various stitch options (never seen that choice offered before) and this one sets me into a fit of Homer Simpson-esque drooling. Love how the uni-numbered hose are described as being “for the well dressed team!”
Raffle Reminder: Remember, I’m raffling off a free two-color NameFrame — perfect for Father’s Day. If you haven’t already entered, send a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to uniraffle at earthlink dot net (please note that this is not the regular Uni Watch e-mail address) by this Friday at 10pm eastern. One e-mail per person, but membership program enrollees will automatically get three bonus entries. I’ll announce the winner next Monday.
Anniversary Celebration, Continued: On Monday I announced that Nina Dubin had designed a new Uni Watch T-shirt (available here). Not to be outdone, Scott M.X. Turner has designed four new T-shirts. And I’ve gotta say, they are totally the bomb.
The first three shirts are based on a circular design that Scott has rendered in each of the three Uni Watch colors — gold, green, and burgundy. And for people who prefer a non-circular graphic, there’s also this version. I hope you’ll agree that Scott has hit a home run with these — I’m really proud to see the Uni Watch name on them.
Here are the actual shirts: gold circle, green circle, burgundy circle, no circle (plus they’re all shown in the Uni Watch store). And of course you can choose to have these graphics on a black tee, a brown tee, or whatever, so there’s a near-limitless supply of mix-and-match possibilities. Well, almost limitless — for reasons not worth explaining, the three circular designs can only be printed on dark-colored tees. But most people prefer dark tees anyway, right? Click through all the shirt style and color options and I’m sure you’ll find something that floats your boat.
Uni Watch News Ticker: While searching for something else, I came across this 1969 photo of Jerry Grote. Look at that white outline on the NY logo — never never never seen that before on a Mets batting helmet. ”¦ And while search for a different something else, I found this awesome shot of the 1940 Pirates. ”¦ Matthew Lepke reports that Craig Monroe was getting a bit creative with the eye black over the weekend. ”¦ Dave Kendrick sent along word that there’s a hockey team in Atlanta whose players all have “Ramone” NOBs. And what is this team called? Take a look. ”¦ Wil Ledezma was showing some Philly tag on Monday. ”¦ Hope for America’s youth: This is a player from the Leroy High Bears in Leroy, Alabama, who recently won their second consecutive 2A state championship (with thanks to Jonathon Binet). ”¦ My recent column on racing silks led Amanda Gustin to point me toward this site, which is all about the proper attire for fox hunting. ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Interesting batting helmet being worn by the Chinese national team. ”¦ The biggest design story of the day — and probably the decade — was this. ”¦ Dan Alexander of the AFL’s Chicago Rush taped a cross onto his facemask on Monday. Doug Steffenson, who was the first of several readers who forwarded that photo to me, says he hears through the grapevine that Alexander may receive a reprimand from the league. ”¦ Someone needs to button up (with thanks to Brent Hardman). ”¦ Check this out: Garry Maddox in spring training, early 1980s, wearing sanitaries but no stirrups! ”¦ I’ve been convinced for a while now that nobody could look worse in a baseball uniform than Eric Gagne. But it turns out that someone can. And that someone is Eric Gagne (big thanks to Nicole Haase).