Is that a magnificent clothing label or what? The typography, the little horse racing vignette, the composition. It’s all the more impressive when you take a closer look and see that all the lines and strokes are comprised of horizontal dashes, and still more impressive when you realize that the whole thing is just a few square inches. It’s a mini-masterpiece of design.
That’s one of 122 labels that I recently won on eBay. Unfortunately, almost none of them are from uniforms or other sportswear, although a couple of them have sports-related content, like the thoroughbred scene shown above. In any case, they’re worth examining in closer detail, so let’s take a look:
• Love the little tennis and golf crest in the corner of this Brunswick tag. Actually, I love the whole design.
• Not sure which I like better — the hunting scene (complete with pipe!) or the brand name “Mid-Zip.”
• Here’s an unusual iteration of our friend Brownie the elf. Note that he’s knitting!
• I’d never heard of zephyr fabric until I saw these labels. If you google the term, you come up with several different definitions, and I’m unsure which of them, if any, would apply to clothing. Anyone know more about this?
• I love the little American Gothic-esque scene here.
• This one puzzled me. How could a T-shirt be patented? So I looked up the patent number and sure enough — a patented T-shirt! If you read through the patent text, you’ll see it’s for a one-piece design that promises greater comfort, sizing flexibility, and manufacturing yield. Since I’ve never seen a one-piece T-shirt, I guess that concept didn’t catch on.
• I love this slogan: “Loomed to be Heirloomed.”
• There’s something really perfect about a guy named Sol the Clothier.
• Interesting that they went to the expense of a second thread color for such a subtle gray effect.
• Another example of a two-color design in which the second color was barely used.
• Here are two variations on the same basic design. I love the little asterisk and the trademark notation.
• Oh man, this one is so beautiful. I particularly love the red accents in the green lettering.
• At first I was confused by this one, because I thought “Cravenette” was a take-off on the term cravate, which is a neckwear term, but the label seemed to big and wide for a tie. Turns out “Cravenette” actually refers to a waterproofing process.
• Unfortunate ethnic stereotyping or no, this is one impressive design. The white portions against the off-white background are particularly nice.
• I’m not sure what to make of this. Like, does the clothing grow with you? Or are you supposed to buy a new one each year? Whatever — great design.
• I’m assuming “Gab-O-Sheen” referred to gabardine fabric.
• Look at this: the same design executed in two different colors. I’m sure you can guess which one I prefer.
• I don’t have much to say about this one except that it cracked me up.
• Wanna see something awesome? Take a look at those last two labels from the reverse side — look here and here. (The black splotches on the edges are from where the labels were originally pasted into an album with black pages.)
• In fact, lots of the labels are at least as interesting from the back as they are from the front. Many of the rear views are nicely abstract, and they also give a sense of how the thread patterns were woven into the label. There are two that particularly intrigued me: (1) It’s fun that this label shows a fence, but shouldn’t it be white? It is white on the back. (2) It’s very odd to see white thread on a white background, but it’s super-beautiful from behind.
Want to see more? The whole set is here.
Everybody’s (just) doing it: Major development last night in Arizona, as Cy Lincecum was breathing Ethier thanks to his E-section (screen shots courtesy of Laren Richardson and Joe Plate). Since Andre Ethier hails from Phoenix and had been placed on the DL the day before, the question has to be asked: Was this Lincecum’s way of sending a “Get well soon” shout-out to 2010’s best offensive player in his hometown? Seems like a crazy notion, but remember, this is Lincecum we’re talking about here. Intriguing.
ESPN Reminder: Paul here. In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is here.
Uni Watch Stirrup Club Update
By Comrade Robert Marshall
Comrades, it has come to the attention of the Revolution that pajamists have unleashed an insidious plot on the proper aesthetic. They clearly fear our seductive hosiery, and have draped Uncle Sam in pajamas in an effort to discredit us. In a brazen move, they had the audacity to try to sneak this into the local VSW Hall in a poor attempt to appeal to people’s sense of modesty. But the veterans of stirrup wars know the proud hosiery history of this country. Revolutionaries remember the 1776 behosing of the original Baltimore Oriole mascot that started an uprising, and they know where Betsy Ross got the idea for the American flag design. The memory of these and other seminal events in the Revolution’s history give me cause for reflection, and so for this 4th of July I am offering a stirrup that screams America. It is as of yet undetermined exactly how many stripes I can get onto the top of the stirrup (13 may be too many to hope for, but we’ll see).
I know I normally wait until the newest orders have been sent out before I introduce anything new. But in order to assure that our patriotic offering is in your hands by the Fourth, I will need to order immediately, and want to give people the opportunity to get in at the “new” price, and not just send them immediately to à la carte. For full ordering details, look here.
— Robert Marshall, comrade 91200
By Brinke “Sky Chief” Guthrie
Growing up in Louisville in the ’60s, I wasn’t aware of the NFL until 1970 or so. The first NFL uniforms to catch my eye belonged to the Chiefs and Vikings, who faced off in Super Bowl IV. I ended up buying this pennant at the first NFL game I attended, on October 18th, 1970, at the then-new Riverfront Stadium. I clearly remember buying it because I liked the Chiefs helmet logo.
In other eBay action:
• Always loved the Braves’ lowercase “a” logo. Went to a game at Wrigley once and bought a Braves helmet as a result.
• Interesting old look for the NY Giants.
• I recall this NFL cap design. Is that the worst ever?
• Nice deisgn on this old Bears pennant.
• This sticker features all the American League team logos from the early 1970s.
• Not sure which patch is more unusual here — the Dayton Triangles or the NFL Huddles.
• How about a sealed bag of mini-pennants?
• I’d buy this “NFL on Fox” T-shirt, but I haven’t been an “L” since, oh, middle school.
• Always thought the Seals had one of the more interesting logos.
• Weird to see the color scheme on these Rams pins, since I don’t recall the team ever having worn red.
That’ll do it for this week. Now back to Paul with today’s Ticker.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New uniforms for the Brazilian men’s and women’s volleyball teams, both of which will have striped liberos (with thanks thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: FC Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga wore a special “Champions” jersey in their final game of the season. … The Oilers’ new AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City have unveiled their team name, colors, uniforms, and all the rest (with thanks to Brian Porter). … Have I mentioned lately that buttons on a baseball jersey don’t make sense? That’s Tommy Hanson from yesterday (with thanks to Shaun Tunick). … Over two years ago we talked about how the Dodgers had their coaches wear pinstripes in spring training. But now it turns out that the insignia on those jerseys, along with the caps, were red (major find by Dan Cichalski). … Also from Dan: Small glimmer of positive news at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros have brought back a live organist. … The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks have released their jersey and cap for the 2010 Hawks Festival in July (Jeremy Brahm again). … You’ve heard of HTML5? Google’s engineering director David Glazer decided it would look good on a Sharks jersey at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco yesterday (big thanks to Terence Kearns). … “My fourth graders had their biography presentations today,” says Marty Hick. “It’s always a pretty big occasion that wraps up the school year, so for the past few years I’ve been wearing a suit (with Chucks).
But this time I decided to step it up a notch by wearing stirrups. These were the stirrups my Little League team wore back in 1984 and ’85 — not literally the exact pair I wore (those had to be turned in) but from the official allotment (my friend’s dad was our coach and he found a few in storage at his parents’ house). Now, don’t tell Phil, but I’m not a ‘Stirrup Friday’ kind of guy — wearing two layers of hosiery on my calves all day is not entirely comfortable, plus, I try to avoid even the subtlest of mass movements — but wearing these felt pretty good.” … Hey, ump, your cap is backwards! That photo is from a really wonderful audio slideshow about the connections between baseball and cricket. Recommended (big thanks to Chris Bisbee). … “I was going through my collection of MISL programs and came across a pair of ads depicting the league’s uniform suppliers,” writes Matt Newbury. “The Admiral ad is from the second season the MISL played, 1979-80. The teams depicted are the Philadelphia Fever and Buffalo Stallions. The Shez ad is from 1981-82 and depicts a player from the Baltimore Blast.” … Bit of design change for Jupiter, which has lost one of its stripes.
And I’ve already packed me bagpipes: Tomorrow I head off to bonny Scotland, where I’ll be spending the next week enjoying a wee vacation. Phil will be minding the store while I’m gone and has promised to wear a kilt for the entire week (which should be interesting when Stirrup Friday rolls around). I’ll be back home by Memorial Day and will reclaim the reins on June 1st.
Ticker contributions can still be sent to the usual address, which will be forwarded to Phil. For non-Ticker communiqués (questions, research projects, etc.), please wait until I get back to terra uni. Thanks.
Oh, and I fully expect Jerry Manuel to be fired while I’m gone. Glad I’ll miss that circus.