Category Archives: Men's Fashions

Arrow Shirts — 1957 (Valentine’s Day)


“Give your beau an Arrow.” Yep, they went there — and I think it’s clever. I hope someone got a big, fat, juicy steak (or a big box of chocolates) for coming up with that one.

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Beatle Boots — 1964


Bring these back!

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Carter’s Trigs — 1951


Just a couple of guys standing around in their underwear chatting about skiing. (More ads in this odd men’s underwear campaign here.)

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Robert Bruce Knitwear for Men and Boys — 1951


No bagging, no sagging!

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Portis Men’s Hats — 1937


Look, fellows — it’s the “Ridgeway”!

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Stetson Hats — 1930

“All Texas loves a Stetson.”  The following is from the Stetson entry in the Handbook of Texas:

The Stetson hat, a badge of the stereotypical Texan, was the contribution of John B. Stetson of Philadelphia, who went west to regain his health in the 1860s and fashioned himself a big hat that would protect him from rain, sun, and wind. After his return to Philadelphia, Stetson made a hat that he called the “Boss of the Plains,” and sent samples to Western dealers. Texas Rangers adopted the hat and found that it could be used to drink from, to fan a campfire, to blindfold a stubborn horse, to slap a steer, to smother grass fires and to serve as a target in gunfights. It could also be brushed for dress wear. Because of its versatility and durability the hat became a distinguishing characteristic of the real cowboy as well as of popular fictional ones.

As far as Washer Brothers Clothiers, I have to admit that until now, I was unaware of the apparently very well-known Fort Worth business. (Being a native of Dallas, I’m always a little ashamed by how little I know of neighboring Fort Worth.) Washer Brothers was established in Fort Worth in 1882 as a men’s ready-to-wear clothing store which branched out into clothing and goods for cowboys and ranchers; the landmark business continued into the 1960s. A cool photo of the store in the early 1900s can be seen here (click to view larger image):

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Justin Boots and Shoes — 1934


I’ve never seen this logo, and … it’s a little creepy. Justin Boots is a legendary Texas company, and, even today, they continue to sell one of the most popular brands of cowboy boots in the country.

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Navarro Bros. Men’s Shoes — 1967


“Imported, genuine, rare sea turtle shoes” (?!!).

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McGregor High Adventure Drizzler Jacket — 1954

“Rugged!”



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Arrow TIes — 1938


“You’ll be tickled with Arrow Ties, too.”

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