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Time to look at another uniform catalog that I acquired from the collection of the late Mike Hersh. As you can see above, this one is a 1965 catalog from a Canadian company called Schachter’s. It’s fairly conventional in most respects, but a few things about it caught my eye.
The first and most notable thing is that almost every page of baseball and softball uniforms shows at least one mock-up of a jersey with a contrast-colored placket. This isn’t something you tend to see very often, either in catalogs or on the diamond, but it was clearly a Schacter’s specialty. Here, take a look (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):
Weird, right? Some of those contrasting plackets look good, some not so good (and one of them is actually two-tone!). Maybe this was just a Schacter’s thing, and/or a way to show as many color and style options as possible, but I’m also wondering if this was a particularly popular style in Canada during the 1960s. Anyone know?
The other unusual thing about this catalog is that it features an unusual number of varsity-style jackets — 10 pages’ worth. Check it out:
That’s a lot of jackets! But it kinda makes sense for a company based in Canada, eh?
I also liked this page featuring beanies and something called “wikkies” — little felt pennants on a bamboo cane. Never heard of that before. Dig:
Finally, it’s worth noting that the catalog came with an order form (which includes template for ordering the beanies!) and an envelope in which to mail it. I’m not sure why, but I always get extra-excited when an old catalog still has these elements tucked inside:
That’s it for this catalog. More selections from Mike Hersh’s collection coming soon.
OMFG: My latest One-Man Focus Group column is about Budweiser’s new indented (or is it just dented?) can design, and I don’t mind saying I think it’s a pretty good piece. Check it out here.
In case you missed it, I ran an unusual entry on Friday: an interview with Uni Watch’s most prominent troll. This entry received quite a bit of very positive response — in the comments, via email, on Facebook, on Twitter, and in the media-crit world. To everyone who weighed in with favorable comments, thank you. And for those of you who missed it and want to see what all the fuss was about, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: NFL unveiling notes: The Jags’ unveiling will be tomorrow, 1:30pm; the Vikings’ will be Thursday, 6:15pm; and the Dolphins’ will be Thursday, 7pm (all times Eastern). I assume all three events will be streamed on the teams’ respective websites, although I don’t yet know that for a fact. … An anonymous reader who runs a sporting goods shop reports that he’s received a shipment of new Chargers jerseys with two changes from last season: (1) no more neck roll, and (2) two-color NOB lettering. Remains to be seen if these changes will appear on the field. … New football uniforms for West Virginia football. Phil had extensive coverage of that, and of lots of “Boston Strong” developments, in yesterday’s post. … Really good, long article about the current state of electric football (from Jeff Ash). … Brad Hovland received an email from the Vikings that included a “Metrodome Final Season” logo. Don’t know yet if that will be a jersey patch this fall, but I expect we’ll find out at the Vikes’ uni unveiling this Thursday. … The L.A. Kings wore Dodgers-themed warm-up jerseys last Thursday. … Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke has “Lockeness” on his glove — as in the Loch Ness Monster..? (From Kevin Poss.) … Robert Telleria notes that ESPN showed a Broncos helmet with a new striping pattern. Not sure what that’s about. … Ozzy Osbourne was once booked by police while wearing a St. Louis Blues jersey (from Jim Walaitis). … “I’m an employee of Bridgestone Golf, so I would appreciate it if my name is left out of this,” says an anonymous reader. “But I awoke this morning to an email about how to interact with idiots who connect the Boston bombing with our company, because of the one suspect who was wearing a Bridgestone cap. Apparently this has happened enough for all employees to be prepped. Just crazy.” … New uni number assignments for the 49ers (from Terry O’Donohue). … FAU is mulling lots of helmet options for this fall (from Dieter Kurtenbach). … The A’s will give away a Reggie Jackson bobblehead on Saturday. But as Richard Paloma points out, the NOB style is wrong — it should be straight, not arched. … The logos for the 2014 FIVB Men’s and Women’s World Volleyball Championships have been released (from Jeremy Brahm). … Some new lacrosse helmets have hit the field. … Keith Yandle of the Coyotes wore a tribute to Boston bombings victim Martin Richard in pregame warm-ups the other night (from Dustin Burns). … “Braves utility man Ramiro Pena was wearing a wristband with a logo that I (and the Braves broadcasters) had never seen before,” says Britton Thomas. “Joe Simpson commented that he had to keep doing a double take, because he thought it was a Cincinnati Reds logo.” I’ve never seen it either. Anyone know more? … Johnny Gomes of the Red Sox used a “Boston Strong” bat yesterday (from Warren Junium). … The Astros wore their BP jerseys for yesterday’s game against the Indians. … No photo, but Jay Abbott reports on an interesting minor league game from yesterday: “Oklahoma City and Albuquerque not only wore Negro League throwbacks, but they wore lots of them. I’ve seen the home team wearing whites of the New York Cuban Giants, KC Monarchs, and others, while the road team is wearing the Baltimore Black Sox, Homestead Grays, etc. I’ve never seen anything like this and it’s absolutely stunning.” … Ron Slover found a 1966 Pitt football program whose cover design mentions the team’s new uniforms. … The TCU and Baylor baseball teams wore red wristbands during last weekend’s three-game series. Mark Rybczyk explains why: “It was to honor the town of West, Texas, and those who died during the fertilizer plant explosion. Red represents Czech Heritage of the town, which is located halfway between the TCU and Baylor campuses. TCU had to turn the armbands inside out because they are sponsored by Easton and not TPX.” … Here’s a soda display of the MLB logo (thanks, Phil). … … Wisconsin’s spring football game featured new jerseys. Not sure yet if they’ll be wearing that this fall (from Joel Mathwig). … Construction plans for the Falcons’ new stadium call for the destruction of two historically important black churches. … World cycling champion Philippe Gilbert has taken the championship stripes thing a step further: He’s wearing the stripes as a tattoo (from Bernie Langer). … Interesting article on high-tech electronic sports goggles, which can apparently distract the user. … Mets and Nats went color-on-color yesterday. … I’m going to be busy working on an ESPN project in Manhattan for much of today. If you can go light on Ticker contributions, I’d appreciate it. See you tomorrow.