Time for another look at some vintage uniform catalogs that I recently acquired from the collection of the late Mike Hersh. We’re going to start today with a Spanjian catalog from 1971. As you can see above, it doesn’t have a particularly interesting cover design, and the interior pages feature a sort of murky illustration style that I don’t particularly like. So why did did I want this catalog to begin with? Because it features quite possible the widest variety of stirrup striping options I’ve ever seen (for all of these images, you can click to enlarge):
Even better and more wide-ranging: the incredible variety of sleeve striping options! Check this out:
Next up is a 1955 catalog from a New York company I’d never heard of before, Venus Knitting Mills. This is a short catalog, so I’ve photographed the whole thing. Nothing here really stands out, but I like the playful illustration style:
And here’s one more: a 1960-61 catalog from Powers. One thing I really like about this one is the wide range of insert and braid patterns for basketball shorts:
I also lovelovelove all these warm-up pullovers — mmmm, tasty:
Finally, check out the lower-left uniform on this next page — a zebra vest! I’ve never seen that before. What would it be worn over — a white shirt? A black shirt? Something else? Here, take a look:
That’s it for this round of catalogs. I still have a few more from Mike Hersh’s collection and will be sharing images from those soon.
PermaRec update: The latest entry on the Permanent Record blog is about a postcard found inside the sleeve of an old Billie Holiday record (both shown at right). I don’t mind saying this is a pretty good one, people — check it out here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The 49ers’ new stadium, due to open in 2014, will be called Levi’s Stadium. Insert all the obvious denim jokes here. … We just passed the 25th anniversary of Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld calling referee Don Koharski a “fat pig” and telling him to “have another doughnut.” What you might not recall is that the NHL officials refused to work the next game when Schoenfeld was allowed to coach that night despite being suspended by the league. In protest, the two linesmen for the game wore yellow practice jerseys rather than the traditional striped uniforms. It was called Yellow Sunday, and Jeff Barak has all the details here. … Matthiew Mitchell notes that the EMTs at the Trop have baseball-style scripts on their shirts. … New home kit for Liverpool (from Patrick Runge). … Meanwhile, Arsenal has signed a lucrative new deal with Puma (from George Chilvers). … The Cowboys have posted a slideshow of their uniform history, although it’s not very good because it doesn’t really show the wraparound collar style that the team wore in the early 1960s (from Casey Wieder). … With St. John’s switching from Nike to Under Armour, a ton of merch was put on clearance yesterday (photos by Leon Frager). … Giants infielder Marco Scutaro is wearing a custom pair of cleats becase one of his legs is slightly shorter than the other (thanks, Brinke). … Ravens first-rounder Matt Elam hasn’t yet played a down in the NFL, but he’s already changing his uni number (from Andrew Cosentino). … New pink alternate jerseys that have nothing to do with breast cancer — although they look more salmon than pink in the photo — for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (from Trent Rosecrans). … New dress code for Turkish Airlines, whose female flight attendants — and presumably the male ones too — are being told not to wear red lipstick or nail polish, supposedly because it would clash with their uniforms. Yeah, sure (from Tom Mulgrew). … Here’s a closer look at UCF’s new helmet prototypes (from Bryan Council). … This is pretty funny: Bills rookie Keith Pough will be wearing the same logo he wore in college (from Timothy Tryjankowski). … Mean Joe Greene wore No. 75 — or did he? Never seen him wearing that number before. Even weirder, he wore No. 85 in the 1971 Pro Bowl. “Must’ve been a frustrated wannabe tight end,” says Chris Weber. … Gotta love the irony of Nike poster boy Steve Prefontaine wearing Adidas (from Andy Henderson). … You want uniforms? Here, I’ll give you some uniforms. Details here. … The Notre Dame basketball court now includes the ACC logo (from Warren Junium). … Outmania! That’s longtime Uni Watch hosiery hero Josh Outman, who recently came off the DL for the Rockies (screen shot by Michael Romero). … I like this Astrodome color-coding legend. “It was was distributed to potential season ticket holders prior to the opening season,” explains Sean Abruzzo. … Did you know the U.S. military has 10 different camouflage patterns? It’s true! Further details here (from Britt Jackson). … MLB ump Angel Hernandez is still wearing an adjusta-strap cap (screen shot by Andrew Bashuk). … Here’s a gallery of Maryland uniforms, across many sports, from the past two years (from Eric Garment).