Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This is What He Does on Weekends

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile now will recognize Cori and will know that he enjoys dressing up as much as I do. We often attend living history events and reenactments together which is more fun then going on my own. It's not all that unusual to come home and find him wearing some part of one of his uniforms. Cori loves his navy Dixie cup hat and dungarees, although lately he has been wearing his reproduction WWI British service dress cap around the house. He just ordered a full reproduction uniform, complete with boots and all the gear, for a WWI portrayal. Because, clearly, we need another time period to reenact ....

Anyway, we have been working on putting together a WWII era navy shore patrol uniform. There are still a couple things missing; the black and white SP (shore patrol) armband for example. These are some photos we took last fall when it was still nice and warm outside.

Research is key!
Playing dress up Navy style
We wanted to try and duplicate some WWII era recruiting posters. The first is a poster from 1939 illustrated by McClelland Barclay. The second was illustrated by C. Carleton. I couldn't find any additional information.

And here are the results. Not too bad but I'd like to redo the democracy one at some point in the future.

Here's a peak at some of his uniforms. The plastic tote is not ideal at all for textile storage but works for right now. Some time I will twist Cori's arm into writing a guest post or two. He could tell you way more about his uniform collection then I can. There are pieces that date from WWI up to the 1970s.

Uniforms in storage.
Non-regulation "Liberty" uniform. I think this one is 1950s, not sure.
And a few more pictures just for fun. :)

This one is one of my favorites from the group. The sea bag is a reproduction but the uniform is all original 1940s vintage.

Ready for shore leave!


  1. Very nice. Looking good sir!

  2. You two are so much fun. :-) And so perfectly matched, too! :-D

  3. He looks just like the vintage advertisements. This is so great that you two can both participate in events together. Fun!

  4. That is seriously cool! My chap appreciates vintage through my love of it and has certainly grown fonder of it since we met, but to date he hasn't felt compelled to sport any yesteryear fashions himself. I so adore it when couples like you guys each share in a love of history and wearing different styles (be they civilian clothes or uniforms) from decades long gone.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. That's awesome, and how amazing that he's found uniforms that fit!
    And I'm with Jessica; that's great for you guys to share a passion for vintage and history!

  6. Thank you ladies! Yes, I think he's a keeper. ;)

  7. So much fun! You guys did a great job of reproducing the posters. Just thought I'd mention. I just found that Reader's Digest has a special 75th anniversary edition about WWII this month. I was so excited to find it because I love reading about WWII! It's a gorgeous magazine and thought I'd pass it on since you like WWII as well. :-)


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