Saturday, October 6, 2012

Taxi!

            These last few weeks have been very busy at work especially with TV deadlines looming over. But even as busy as I am, the golden era is always on my mind. Like last year we've been having the oddest temperature fluctuations. From nice chilly norfolk coat weather one day to sticky humid weather the next. On the days cool enough to wear a wool sportcoat, I tend to default to one of my favorite vintage looks, the '20s-'30s cab driver, best remembered from Harold Lloyd in "Speedy" (1928) and James Cagney in his lesser known film "Taxi!" (1932). Cagney's later film "The Roaring Twenties" (1939) can also fall in this category as well. Those were the days when even simple cab drivers dressed to impress. A nice suit paired with a  flat cap, newsboy cap or peaked cap, the typical example of a prim and proper uniform.  Unless you call a car service, the most formal you'll see for cab drivers now is a collared shirt and chino's.

Speedy

Taxi!



This is my attempt at trying to pull off the old taxi driver look with my 1933 jacket, '30s/'40s Sears Roebuck cap, and '20s arrow tie.

                                                                                  
                                                              Some more vintage finds
 Those of you who've followed my blog may have noticed my glasses are a little too modern in comparison with the era's I like to dress. While the Shuron browline glasses I have were introduced in 1947, within the period of the golden era, I've been wearing them for a while now and thought it was time for a new look. I found these wonderful pair of lightweight bakelite glasses from around the 1920's, similar to those worn by Harold Lloyd and Vaudevillian Ed Gallagher.

1949 union tag orphan suit jacket. Gives off a '20s vibe to me. I have a hunch the original owner who had it tailored was an older gentleman who preferred the older style. 


All the way from Britain, my first 78 RPM recording of George Formby. The sequel to his popular song "Window Cleaner". I actually prefer this version, as it's got more swing to it.


                           
                                       (All old photographs belong to their rightful owners)

4 comments:

  1. Those are some swell new specs! Do post photos of yourself in them. I too have have glasses from different decades to wear interchangeably.

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    1. I'll definitley post some more photo's of them! Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Oh how wonderful. I don’t think I have that George Formby record- good job it turned up in one piece…Phew!!!
    Love your new glasses too- you have such a wonderful style : )

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    1. Thank you! :D I had a sigh of relief when I opened the package to find my record intact! I plan to play along with the song, it's the only Formby song I mastered on Ukulele. Might I say that you also have a wonderful style and impeccable taste! Your posts on Fedoralounge, and my recent finding of your blog has left me in a state of awe at how much effort you put into your Golden Era lifestyle! I'm thrilled to find more people my age who share the passion!

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