Monthly Archives: July 2010

Tie-Dye T-Shirt

Tie Dye T-Shirt via aegidian

The tie-dye t-shirt is made by resist dyeing the fabric resulting in a pattern.  Tie-dye t-shirts were made popular by hippies in the 1960s and early 1970s and by musicians of the time who wore them such as Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin.

Janis Joplin Wearing Tie-Dye at Woodstock

Tie-dyeing is achieved by folding and tying a t-shirt to achieve patterns when it is dipped into the dye.  The ties prevent parts of the shirt from being dyed, forming white and dye-colored patterns on the t-shirt to achieve the decorative effect.

Nigerian Tie and Dye via Ogun State Government

Although popularized in the United States in the 1960s, tie-dyeing origins can be dated to pre-Columbian designs from 500-800 A.D.  Early forms of tie-dyeing can also be traced to Nigeria, Japan and India.

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Jantzen

Jantzen: 1910-2010 via Jantzen.com

Founded by Carl Jantzen and Roy and John Zehntbauer in 1910, the Portland Knitting Company is one of America’s swimwear pioneers. The company began making sports clothing for rowers from 100% virgin wool. These ribbed knit suits later became popular with swimmers, who wore them with a matching cap and stockings at the beach.

"The Suit That Changed Bathing To Swimming" via AdPulp.com

In 1918, the company changed its name to Jantzen Knitting Mills and introduced the Red Diving Girl as its symbol.  The iconic diver was seen on rear windshields and billboards throughout America, and Jantzen quickly became synonymous with swimwear in the United States.  Olympic athletes first wore the more fitted Jantzen swimsuits in the 1920s & 30s and Jantzen advertisements featured stars of the day such as Loretta Young and Ginger Rogers.

Jantzen Swimsuits at the 1928 Olympic Games via Interview Magazine

During World War II, Jantzen produced nylon military gear for the troops.  After the war, the company expanded its line to include underwear and sportswear.

WWII-Era Jantzen Sun Clothes Ad via The Vintage Traveller

Jantzen has followed swim and sportswear trends throughout the years and is today one of America’s most beloved quality swimwear manufacturers.  Jantzen also continues to be an advocate for clean beaches, much as it has been throughout its 100+ year history

Beautiful & Beautifying Jantzen Swimsuits via TheOngoingProject.Blogspot.com

Evolution of the Jantzen Logo via PicsDigger.com

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Baja or Jerga Pullover

Spicoli Sporting a Baja in Fast Times at Ridgemont High

A Baja or Jerga pullover is a two or three-tone woven Mexican hooded pullover made of a mix of cotton, acrylic & polyester with a large pocket on the front.  Hippies, surfers, skateboarders, Rastafarians, extreme sports enthusiasts and metal rockers often wear them.

Bajas are a favorite of comedy film “dudes” named Jeff; namely Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Jeffrey Lebowski in The Big Lebowski.

Baja a.k.a. Jerga Pullover

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Cut-Offs a.k.a. Daisy Dukes

Cut-Offs Are Perfect for Summer - Photo via Sera Leaving

Cut-offs are created by cutting the legs off pants to make shorts, leaving them unhemmed and left to fray. Cut-offs are a do-it-yourself fashion item and can be custom-made to the wearer’s preference, by either chopping them off below the knees or anywhere above.

Jeans which are cut off as butt-hugging short shorts are called “Daisy Dukes,” named after the character who wore them on the American TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Reaching all points of the cultural spectrum, Daisy Dukes were later immortalized by the 69 Boyz in the hip-hop song “Daisy Dukes.”

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Americana’s Vintage Shirt Winners at Power Big Meet

Americana had a lotto at Power Big Meet in Västerås to give away 4 vintage shirts.

The winners are…

Emmelie Hedberg

Emil Hägglöv

Hans Nordström

Peter Klaus

Congratulations to All of You!

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Shout Out To All The Folks @ Power Big Meet

Americana’s participation at the Power Big Meet in Västerås Sweden will be something we’ll remember our whole lives! It was so great to meet all of you and to share our mutual love of all things American. Here are some of our most memorable moments…

Gina Americana & Gothenburg's Reluctant Kid Rock

Vache & Lori Taking A Hug Break

Vintage Connoisseurs Bengt & Mats

The "Wine In a Bag In a Box" Guy

Americana Outfitting Norrköping Viking Power Cruiser's New Recruit in a Vintage Leather Vest

Lori & Gina Always Talking...

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Americana at Power Big Meet in Västerås Sweden

Americana will be at Power Big Meet in Västerås Sweden from Thursday July 8th until Saturday July 10th, serving up all the coolest American vintage clothes this side of the Atlantic!

We really look forward to seeing all the classic American cars and meeting the cars’ wonderful owners. Last year, Power Big Meet had over 17,000 classic American cars, and as Americans, we’re  impressed and anxious to see this!

If you’re going to Power Big Meet, do stop by and see us at under the big American flag tents. We promise to give you unique pieces of classic American clothes to go with your classic American car, plus a great story to go along with it!

If you can’t make it to Västerås, you can always shop with us 24/7 on Tradera.

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