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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