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The Bowling Shirt

Bowling Shirts from AMERICANA Classic Vintage

From AMERICANA’s book A-Z of Classic American Clothing

Bowling shirts are short-sleeve shirts that are loosely fitted with a straight hem so that they can be worn un-tucked.  The collar of a bowling shirt often has a loop fastener that secures the top button, although this button is never fastened.  The shirt was designed with these specifications so that it would not interfere with the bowler’s movements.

Bowling Shirts are usually solid in color and can be decorated with a contrasting color, which made bowling teams easily identifiable in the lanes during competitions.  They can also have an embroidered bowling club insignia on the back and name of the wearer on the upper front.

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Bowling shirts have been popular since the 1950s in the United States, when youth began wearing them as a cool look outside the confines of bowling alleys.  In the last several years, bowling shirts have become a status symbol amongst urban street gangs in the US, although seeing a person wearing a retro bowling shirt usually makes others smile.

Classic brands of bowling shirts to look out for include Hilton, King Louie, Pin Splitter, Service Bowling Shirt, Imperial and Da Vinci.


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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  The shoes were originally made in white with a contrasting black piece, however they can be made in any combination of colors.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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The Bowling Shirt

Americana Vintage Bowling Shirts

Bowling shirts are short-sleeve shirts that are loosely fitted with a straight hem so that they can be worn un-tucked.  The collar of a bowling shirt often has a loop fastener that secures the top button, although this button is never fastened.  The shirt was designed with these specifications so that it would not interfere with the bowler’s movements.

They are usually solid in color and can be decorated with a contrasting color, which made bowling teams easily identifiable in the lanes during competitions.  They can also have an embroidered bowling club insignia on the back and name of the wearer on the upper front.

Bowling shirts have been popular since the 1950s in the United States, when youth began wearing them as a cool look outside the confines of bowling alleys.  In the last several years,

Men's Bowling Shirt from Americana

bowling shirts have become a status symbol amongst urban street gangs in the US, although seeing a person wearing a retro bowling shirt usually makes others smile.

Classic brands of bowling shirts to look out for include Hilton, King Louie, Pin Splitter, Service Bowling Shirt, Imperial and Da Vinci.

Bowlingskjortor

Bowlingskjortor är kortärmade lössittande skjortor med en rak fåll så att de kan bäras utanpå byxorna. Kragen på skjortan ofta har en tygögla som kan fästas över den översta knappen, trots att den knappen aldrig kannäpps. Skjortan designades på detta vis så att den ej skulle hindra bowlarens rörelser.

Bowlingskjortor är i regel enfärgade och kan dekoreras med en kontrasterande färg, så att de är lätta att identifiera under tävlingar. De kan också ha ett broderat märke på ryggen för den bowlingklubb spelaren tillhör och namnet på spelaren på övre framsidan av skjortan.

Bowlingskjortor har varit populära sedan 1950-talet när ungdomar i USA började ha dem på sig för att se coola ut. Under de senaste åren har bowlingskjortor blivit en statussymbol för ungdomsgäng i Amerikas städer, trots att folk ofta ler när de ser någon som har på sig en gammal bowlingskjorta.

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Klassiska märken är Hilton, King Louie, Pin Splitter, Service Bowling Shirt, Imperial and DaVinci.

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