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Two Types of Penny Loafers

Allen Edmonds Walden & Bass Weejuns

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Penny Loafers

Penny Loafers Are a Classic American Shoe (photo via Life Archive)

Penny loafers are black or brown slip-on shoes for men or women, based on a moccasin design.  Inspiration for penny loafers came from handmade shoes made by Norwegian fishermen in the early 20th century.  The first penny loafers were made by G.H. Bass in Maine in 1936.  The company’s brand-named version of the shoe “Weejuns” was taken from the word “Norwegian.”

Penny loafers became very popular with young people in America in 1950s and 60s.  At that time, pennies were inserted into the instep’s cut-out for decoration, and perhaps as a lucky charm. Girls of that period were also known to sometimes put a dime in their penny loafers, just in case it was needed to make a phone call when they were away from home.

Later in the 1980’s, penny loafers became the must-have shoe for preppies, who usually wore them sockless.  The shoes were also made famous by Michael Jackson, who donned them with glittery white socks.

Weejuns Are The Original American Penny Loafer (photo via G.H. Bass)

Penny loafers är svarta eller bruna slip-on skor för män eller kvinnor baserade på en mockasindesign. Inspirationen för att göra penny loafers kom från handgjorda skor tillverkade av norska fiskare på tidigt 1900-tal. Det första paret penny loafers gjordes av GH Bass i Maine 1936. Bass kallade sin version a skon “weejuns” från “Norwegian.”

Michael Jackson Wearing Penny Loafers (photo via Getty Images)

Penny loafers blev mycket populära bland yngre amerikaner på 1950- och 1960-talen. Vid denna tid började man lägga i ett 1 centsmynt på utsidan av plösen som dekoration eller kanske för att ha tur. Ibland la flickor ett 10 centsmynt på utsidan av plösen ifall de skulle behöva ringa hem när de var ute.

På 1980-talet blev penny loafers en populär sko bland preppies som ofta hade på sig dem utan sockor. Skorna gjordes också Berömda av Michael Jackson som bar dem med vita glittriga sockor.

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Legend of The Alamo Baseball Jacket

We were very excited when we received this baseball jacket at Americana!  It is a 2003 Mexican commemerative Alamo victory jacket from the Santa Julia Artilleros.

Let’s dissect the jacket to uncover some interesting details...

The Alamo Image on the Jacket:

  • The jacket commemorates the Mexican victory at The Alamo.
  • The jacket displays an image of The Alamo building, along with various Mexican heroes.
  • Because of the defeat at The Alamo, Texans were forever reminded of the fact that the war for independence from Mexico was far from over and they must unite or lose all.
  • Because of their defeat, a rally-cry for Texas-Americans to this day is “Remember The Alamo!”

The Jacket’s Quote:

  • On the back of the jacket is a quote from 1836 by Mexican General Santa Anna: “I am not afraid of Crockett.”
  • Davy Crockett was a Tennessee Volunteer who fought on the American side at The Alamo & died there as an American hero.

The Jacket’s Provenance:

  • This metallic silver nylon baseball jacket was acquired in Texas.
  • It was most likely worn by a Mexican-American from Dripping Springs, Texas who has an affiliation to the Santa Julia Artilleros.
  • The jacket was made by West Ark, which is a well-known quality baseball jacket brand.

Other Interesting Facts About the Alamo:

  • The Alamo is in San Antonio Texas. Texans refer to the city as “San Antón”
  • Dripping Springs, Texas, referred to on the bottom of the jacket, is near Austin, Texas.
  • Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for urinating on The Alamo and thereafter was banned from ever entering the city of San Antonio again.



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The Palaka Shirt

via Palaka: Hawaiian Denim Blog

A Palaka shirt is a woven, cotton checked shirt, usually in blue and white.  It is regarded by native Hawaiians as the authentic patterned shirt of the Hawaiian Islands, more so than the more well-known Hawaiian (or Aloha) shirt.

Palakas were originally adopted by natives from the first European and American settlers to Hawaii in the 1800s.  Traditionally worn by sugar cane and pineapple plantation workers, dockers, and Hawaiian “cowboys” or ranch workers, the twill cotton shirt is suitable for rugged, outdoor work in the tropical Pacific climate.

A Palaka Shirt via AlohaFunWear.com

Palakaskjortor är en vävd rutig bomullsskjorta, vanligtvis i blått och vitt. Den anses av infödda Hawaiibor som den autentiska mönstrade skjortan från Hawaii, till och med mer så an den mer välkända Hawaii (Aloha) skjortan.

Palakas anammades av lokalbefolkningen på Hawaii från de första europeiska och amerikanska bosättarna på Hawaii på 1800-talet. De bars traditionellt av arbetare på socker- och ananasplantager, hamnarbetare och hawaiiskanska cowboys eller rancharbetare. Denna twillbomullsskjorta passar bra för hårt arbete utomhus.

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Palaka Fabric via Palaka: Hawaiian Denim Blog

Further Reading: The Aloha Shirt: Spirit Of The Islands

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Americana’s Western Shirt Winner!

Americana had a lottery at Ballroom Rumble last weekend to give away a Western shirt!

And the lucky winners is…

Karl-Johan Fisk of Karlstad

Congratulations!

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Shout Out To All The Folks @ Ballroom Rumble

Americana @ Ballroom Rumble

A big thanks to all the good people who stopped by the Americana booth at Ballroom Rumble this weekend in Nyköping Sweden! Special appreciation goes out to the organizers of the event for letting us join in on the fun.

Americana had wonderful customers, made new friends & also had great neighbors who were also exhibitors at Ballroom Rumble.

The fabulous & gorgeous Pin-Up Sisters were close by offering the cutest & naughtiest stuff for the ladies.  We’ll be teaming up again with the Sisters this summer in Borlänge at the Peace & Love Festival’s Rock & Roll Heaven, which should be a blast once again, so y’all come see us!  Plus, my American brother Von Sven was just across from me pinstripin’ & offering cool detailing service on all the stuff that came near his brushes during the night.

Pin-Up Sister Anna & Gina of Americana

Next stop for Americana On Tour is Basar Under on May 15th from 11:00-18:00 at Skrapan in Södermalm in Stockholm.

See y’all there!

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Shout Out To All The Folks @ Ballroom Rumble

Americana @ Ballroom Rumble

A big thanks to all the good people who stopped by the Americana booth at Ballroom Rumble this weekend in Nyköping Sweden! Special appreciation goes out to the organizers of the event for letting us join in on the fun.

Americana had wonderful customers, made new friends & also had great neighbors who were also exhibitors at Ballroom Rumble.

The fabulous & gorgeous Pin-Up Sisters were close by offering the cutest & naughtiest stuff for the ladies.  We’ll be teaming up again with the Sisters this summer in Borlänge at the Peace & Love Festival’s Rock & Roll Heaven, which should be a blast once again, so y’all come see us!  Plus, my American brother Von Sven was just across from me pinstripin’ & offering cool detailing service on all the stuff that came near his brushes during the night.

Pin-Up Sister Anna & Gina of Americana

Next stop for Americana On Tour is Basar Under on May 15th from 11:00-18:00 at Skrapan in Södermalm in Stockholm.

See y’all there!

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