Friday, October 7, 2011

Vintage Spreads

Among the neatest finds in the UBC this previous week are the following treasures whose covers each highlight the epitome of haute couture for their respective epochs.

Exhibit A: Annette: Sierra Summer For the pink deer and scuba enthusiast in your life...this retro treasure features Annette Funicello engaged in all kind of adventures in the summer of 1950. The best part of this book is the illustrations; featuring her fancy dresses, a John Waters-look-alike, a Colonel Sanders-look-alike AND Scuba Steve:

Exhibit B: The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam; this cover demonstrates the height of 1912 Boy Scout fashion, including whatever those thingies are that go over your boots to protect them from tree sap, bears, and given the political nature of this book, the sweat of Bolsheviks.

Exhibit C: Pine Man and Ax. This volume from a 1962 science series is an American history of man's utilization of timber resources. But mostly, I just can't get over this guy's rad beanie. Inside are all kinds of full-color illustrations of burly lumberjacks in plaid and suspenders. UNMISSABLE.

Exhibit D: And really, I have saved the best for last. J. Charles "Scotty" Thompson's treatise and cultural history on wearing a kilt, So You're Going to Wear the Kilt, is indispensible. This book delves into the history of all the elements of formal kilt attire for both men and women. It discusses tartans and plaid pattern distinctions. Even down to the engravings on dirks. It also describes the proper wearing and accessorizing of the kilt. A seriously fascinating and fun-to-read book on Scottish attire.

Thanks for reading, folks! Remember to bring your neato books to sell to us Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM.

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