Monthly Archives: April 2010

Jeans, A Faded Blue Planet Documentary Film

Jeans, A Faded Blue Planet is an upcoming documentary film by Thierry Aguila that explores the history, economics, culture, industry and psychology of jeans. The film showcases jeans manufacturing in various countries, denim collectors and artisinal jeans producers. Lynn Downey, Levi’s historian and archivist is also interviewed.  The film is to be released by Arte in September.

Here’s the trailer…

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Converse All-Stars

Classic Chuck Taylor's

Produced since 1917, Converse All-Stars are the most popular sports shoe in the world.  Many people refer to All-Stars as “Chuck Taylor’s.”  The shoes’ namesake is best known for being a basketball player, a well-known fixture in the American sports community and the sneaker’s biggest salesman from the 1920s-1960s.  Taylor, whose signature is on the ankle patch, suggested a few design changes and wore white high-tops, but never received a commission payment from Converse.

1950s Basketball Players Wearing Converse All-Stars via Life Photo Archive

Until 1966, All-Stars were available in either the high-top or low-top version and only in black and white.  Nowadays the shoe can be found in a rainbow of colors, patterns and materials.

Off the court, Chuck Taylor’s have always been popular with youth, beginning in the 1950s.  Since that time, the young-at-heart everywhere have favored the shoe for a casual street style. Globally, people are devotees of the shoes. Perhaps the biggest fan of all is Joshua Miller of Washington State, who holds the Guinness World Record for owning 680 pairs!

Converse All-Stars har tillverkats sedan 1917 och är den mest populära idrottsskon i världen. All-Stars kallas ocksa “Chuck Taylors” efter en basketbollspelare, välkänd i det amerikanska idrottsetablissemanget och skons mest kände representant. Taylor, vars signatur finns på skons ankel, föreslog en del förändringar i designen på skon och bar också företagets skor men fick aldrig någon ersättning för detta från Converse.

The Famous Patch

Fram till 1966, fanns All-Stars antingen i en så kallad high top eller low-top variant och bara i svart och vitt. Idag kan skon köpas i alla färger, mönster och material.

När han inte spelade var Chuck Taylor populär hos ungdom. Detta började på 1950-talet. Sedan dess har folk som vill känna sig unga alltid föredragit skon for dess avspända street style. Runt om i världen finns människor som helhjärtat älskar skon, till exempel, Joshua Miller från staten Washington i USA som återfinns i Guinness rekordbok som ägare till 680 par!

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Rocket Room’s Best Dressed: Spring 2010

Everybody at the Rocket Room

Was Rockin’ It Old School!

Here’s the Night’s Best Dressed

Cupcake Cutie

Hillbilly Homewrecker

Swingin' Sisters

DJ & BBQ

Pin-Up Sweetie Pie

Lookout Boy

Jivin' Deuce

Rockin' the Cradle

Tennessee Tattoo

Li'l Linn

Who’s your favorite? C’mon don’t be shy. Vote!

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Americana’s Got Vintage Pendleton Shirts

Americana's Got a Cool Selection of Pendletons

A Pendleton Shirt is just what you need when spring snow flurries are in the air. But it’s never too late in the season for a Pendleton. This summer, you can even wear it as a beach cover-up, just like The Beach Boys & all the California surfers did in the 1960s!

Americana’s got a great selection of vintage Pendletons in our Online Shop! We have soft Umatilla-wool straight hem shirt/jackets with a loop collar, just like The Beach Boys (a.k.a. The Pendletones) wore, as well as Sir Pendletons & even Pendleton “High Grade Western Wear” shirts. Plus, all of Americana’s Pendleton shirts are guaranteed to be in perfect vintage condition!

Guaranteed Pendleton Quality

With Americana’s fast free shipping within Sweden & low shipping elsewhere, you can have a Pendleton at your door in just a few days at prices comparable to those in America.

So come get a Pendleton @ Americana. Wear it all spring…and this summer, have the coolest vintage cover-up on the beach!

Beach Boys (a.k.a. The Pendletones)

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Bobby Socks

Bobby Socks Are a Cool Place to Keep Your Comb

Bobby socks are all-American socks that are created when white, elasticized, calf-length socks are turned down when worn.  Bobby socks can be plain or with lace, bows or any other decoration.

Bobby socks were first worn by women in the US during the pre-war years but became most popular in the 1940s and 50s, when young women and girls wore them with saddle oxfords or penny loafers. Frankie Avalon even had a hit song in 1959 called “Bobby Socks to Stockings.”  Since that time, girls in the US have continued to this day to wear bobby socks with school uniforms and cheerleader outfits.

Bobby socks är vita, elastiska längre sockor som viks ner i längd till ankelsockor när man har dem på sig. Bobby socks kan vara enkla eller med spets, rosett eller andra dekorationer.

Sockorna bars av kvinnor före andra världskriget men blev riktigt populära först på 1940 och 1950-talet när unga kvinnor and flickor hade dem på sig med saddle oxfords eller penny loafers. Sångaren Frankie Avalon hade en hit 1959 med sången “Bobby Socks to Stockings.” Amerikanska flickor har fortsatt att ha på sig bobby socks som en del av skoluniformen eller när de agerar som cheerleaders.

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Americana’s Western Shirts Selection Is as Big as Texas!

Americana's Got Ladies Western Shirts

Everybody needs a cool Western shirt to help them get their spring swagger on, right?! So check out Americana’s Online Shop to see the Texas-size selection of ladies & men’s shirts we’ve got for you.

We have all the famous Western brands like Wrangler, Lee, Rockmount, Ely Cattleman, Roper, Panhandle Slim and Miller of Denver, etc. at low prices comparable to those you would find in the US.

Americana's Got Men's Western Shirts

Americana gives y’all great American vintage clothing classics, without the hassle & time it takes to ship all the way from the USA. Plus we want all our customers to be 100% satisfied, so we do things like offer free shipping within Sweden & super-low shipping elsewhere.

Y’all come get your cowboy on!

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Baseball Jackets Galore!

We've Got Loads of Baseball Jackets!

We’ve just put up loads of baseball jackets to our Online Shop!  We’ve got all the best *Made in America* brands, including Dunbrook, WestArk, Auburn, Hartwell, DeLong, Holloway and AristoJac by Hilton.

To learn more about the baseball jacket’s history & interesting facts, read Americana’s blog post on this super-cool outerwear.

What’s more good news in our Online Shop is that Americana is now offering both bank transfers & Pay Pal payment options.

Plus, all orders in Sweden get free shipping.  If you’re elsewhere, the shipping is low, low, low!

We’ll be putting up more of your favorite American vintage items soon, so stay tuned…

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Sneak Peek at Americana’s Web Shop Expansion

Americana's Expanding Our Online Shop!

Americana’s got a killer update to our Online Shop coming your way this week. We’ll have lots of sizes & styles of your favorite American vintage classics, including these one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. And we’ll be adding new stuff all the time!

Plus, to ensure 100% customer satisfaction, we’re expaning our payment options as well as continuing to offer free shipping within Sweden & low-cost shipping elsewhere.

Leave us a comment & let us know which of your favorite American vintage classics you’d also like to see in our Online Shop!

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Saddle Oxfords a.k.a. Saddle Shoes

After seeing Betty Lou’s saddle oxfords, I was inspired to write about the history and interesting facts of one of my favorite classic American shoes…

Considered to be the grandfather of modern athletic footwear, saddle oxfords are one of the few all-American shoes.  Also known as saddle shoes, saddle oxfords were first introduced in 1906 for tennis and squash players. The first saddle oxfords were manufactured by Spalding, which is the company who also made the first basketball, baseball and American football.

Saddle oxfords are distinguished by their oxford, lace-up style and are made of leather with red clay-colored rubber soles.  They are usually one color at the front and heel with a contrasting “saddle” piece over the middle which supports the instep during sport.  The shoes were originally made in white with a contrasting black piece, however they can be made in any combination of colors.

My Spalding Saddle Oxfords

In the 1950s, almost every American girl had a pair of saddle oxfords in white with black “saddles,” which they often wore with bobby socks. The shoe continued to be popular with teenage girls, cheerleaders and preppies from the 1960s-80s. Nowadays, people seen wearing saddle oxfords are usually golfers, children, preppy men, people dressed in 1950s fashions and vintage aficionados.

Saddle oxfords är en all-amerikansk sko som anses vara anfadern till dagens sportskor. De kallas också saddle shoes. Skorna introducerades för första gången 1906 och användes av tennis- och squashspelare. De första saddle oxfords tillverkades av Spalding, det företag som ocksa. tillverkade den första amerikanska basketbollen, basebollen och den amerikanska fotbollen.

Saddle Oxfords Were All the Rage in the 1950s

Saddle Oxfords känns igen på sin oxfordsstil med snörning och tillverkas av läder med röda gummisulor. Skorna har i regel en färg därframme pa skon och på hälen med en kontrasterande sadeldel på mitten av skon som stödjer plösen under sportutövning. Skorna tillverkades i början med en kontrasterande svart del men kan idag bäras i vilken färgkombination som helst.

På 1950-talet hade nästan varje amerikansk flicka som min mama ett par vita saddle oxfords med svarta sadlar som ofta bars med bobby socks. Skon fortsatte att vara populär bland tonåringar, cheerleaders och preppies från 1960- till 1980-talet. Idag är skon populär framför allt bland golfare, barn, preppies och de som klär sig i 50-talsstil och vintage aficionados.

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Even Studious Girls Love Saddle Oxfords!

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Truly Americana Music: The Drive-By Truckers

The Drive-By Truckers is probably one of the best American roots rock bands around today. Their music is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting and always honest about America & specifically the Deep South–their home & mine.

They blend arena rock-style guitars, with country twangs and mix in a little alternative rock to create a style of music that pays homage to the heritage of great American music. But it’s the stories in the songs that make people come back for more.

They’ve got a new album out called The Big To-Do which you may want to check out.  But their earlier work is worth a listen as well. Southern Rock Opera which recieved 4 stars from Rolling Stone, weaves the double-albums’ song topics through the filter of Lynyrd Skynyrd.  But my personal favorites are Pizza Deliverance and Gangstabilly which are among the band’s first releases.

No matter what you sample of their work, the Drive-By Truckers will surely give you a bit of Southern soul explanation & inspiration…plus, it’ll make you want to kick back & drink a cold one!

Verkligen Amerikansk Rotrockband: The Drive-By Truckers

DBT singing a dark song about my & their home (Lookout Mountain) at my & their other home that’s dark (40Watt Club in Athens, Georgia)

Drive-By Truckers är antagligen ett av de bästa amerikanska rotrockbanden idag.Deras musik har ibland humor, ibland berättar den oförglömliga historier men den är alltid uppriktig om Amerika och speciellt om den djupa södern–deras och min hembygd.

DBT blandar arenarockgitarrer med countryaccenter och mixar allt i en alternativrockstil vilket skapar en musik som hyllar den amerikanska musikens kulturarv. Men det är berättelserna i sångerna som gör att man kommer tillbaks för att lyssna på DBT.

DBT har ett nytt album ute “The Big To-Do” som du kanske vill kolla in. Men deras tidigare album är också givetvis väl värda att lyssna på. Dubbelalbumet “Southern Rock Opera,” 4 stjänor i Rolling Stone, blandar olika teman genom filtret Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bland mina personliga favoriter är deras tidiga album “Pizza Deliverance” och “Gangstabilly”.

Oberoende av vad du lyssnar på från DBT så ger dig musiken både förklaringar och inspiration vad gäller det som är speciellt med Södern…och den gör att man vill ta det lite lugnt och dricka en kall öl!

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