My, how times have changed!

ParkerboyParkerboy Posts: 6,951 Admiral
Circa 1940. Prima on how a man should be "well dressed". Imagine living in the South with no AC. My Father wore a suit every day of his work life even well before air conditioned workplaces.

"The well-dressed man has about him a sort of carelessness that you cannot fail to recognize. This sounds like a paradox, but what we mean is there is no studied effort to be well-dressed, no obvious striving for effect He is well-groomed, but not consciously so. His suit is fashionable, but it does not challenge attention. His hat and shoes are faultless; his linens immaculate. He gives the impression of having dressed well without trying.

"It scarcely seems necessary to add that well-groomed men are never in need of a shave or hair cut, and that their nails are always presentable. A high polish, by the way, is in bad taste for men.

"Whether in street, office, or home, the shirt-sleeve habit is unmannerly and ill-bed. The gentleman does not remove his coat; not even the generous new etiquette will permit it. When the weather is intolerable, linen or pongee suits should be worn."
Deo Vindice

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  • vonnick52vonnick52 Posts: 109 Deckhand
    I am wearing basketball shorts with grease stains on them, mismatched black socks of 2-3" different lengths, and camo crocs. Will throw on a white tee to go into town here shortly.
  • hatcityhatcity Posts: 3,050 Captain
    At that time, any true gentleman ALWAYS wore a hat

    even pics of that era show kids wearing one
    I was not born stupid, just had lots of practice
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,467 Moderator
    hatcity wrote: »
    At that time, any true gentleman ALWAYS wore a hat

    even pics of that era show kids wearing one

    A very funny "Hat" story. FBI Director Hoover always demanded that FBI Agents always wore hats. I worked with an FBI Agent who was tagged to arrest Julius Rosenberg, the Russian spy. On the day the arrest was to take place, he arrived at work without a hat. His supervisor told him to borrow one as his picture wold be on the front page of every newspaper in the country. So Ed, borrowed a hat and went out to arrest Juluis. As promised, his picture was on the front page escorting Rosenberg out of the FBI Building in New York. Mr Hoover saw the picture and made the remark, "Censure that Agent for wearing a hat with a too brightly flowered hat band." So, Ed received a letter of censure, as well as a letter of commendation for the arrest, in the same envelope.
  • LMKLMK Posts: 572 Officer
    A very funny "Hat" story. FBI Director Hoover always demanded that FBI Agents always wore hats. I worked with an FBI Agent who was tagged to arrest Julius Rosenberg, the Russian spy. On the day the arrest was to take place, he arrived at work without a hat. His supervisor told him to borrow one as his picture wold be on the front page of every newspaper in the country. So Ed, borrowed a hat and went out to arrest Juluis. As promised, his picture was on the front page escorting Rosenberg out of the FBI Building in New York. Mr Hoover saw the picture and made the remark, "Censure that Agent for wearing a hat with a too brightly flowered hat band." So, Ed received a letter of censure, as well as a letter of commendation for the arrest, in the same envelope.

    Now that is a great story, thanks for the post.
  • aboveboredabovebored Posts: 1,255 Officer
    Meanwhile, behind the scenes Director Hoover was sporting flower print sundresses.
  • KmonKmon Posts: 806 Officer
    Parkerboy wrote: »
    Imagine living in the South with no AC.

    I grew up on the West Coast of Florida with no AC from the time I was born until 1982. My Great Aunt lived in Juno FL with no AC from 1940 until she passed away in 2005. Had friends who lived on Annamaria Island that didn't have air until the 90's. It wasn't uncommon back then.
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 5,358 Admiral
    I grew up in Orange co from 1955 to 1970 we never had a/c. Didn't have a phone until 1967.
  • SLSSLS Posts: 181 Deckhand
    My wife and I just spent a few days at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
    A jacket and tie is required after 6:30.
    There's something nice about that.
  • KmonKmon Posts: 806 Officer
    SLS wrote: »
    My wife and I just spent a few days at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
    A jacket and tie is required after 6:30.
    There's something nice about that.

    I don't own a Jacket or a tie. There's something nice about that.
  • ParkerboyParkerboy Posts: 6,951 Admiral
    I was just in a wedding as the best man, very formal evening affair, which got me to thinking about how ladies and gentlemen dressed in the art deco era which is my favorite. My wife has adjusted to my love affair with the era as I have dragged her all over the country in search of authentic art deco home furnishings. She became enthusiastic when she realized how art deco furnishings and accent art has appreciated in value. Our entire home and my office is art deco which fortunately my employer has allowed as we have somewhat strict policies regarding the workplace furnishings.
    Deo Vindice
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 5,292 Admiral
    Kmon wrote: »
    I grew up on the West Coast of Florida with no AC from the time I was born until 1982. My Great Aunt lived in Juno FL with no AC from 1940 until she passed away in 2005. Had friends who lived on Annamaria Island that didn't have air until the 90's. It wasn't uncommon back then.

    Me too, I say we ban A/C that will help our over crowding problem for sure. :)
    Tight Lines, Steve
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  • King_MeKing_Me Delray Beach, FLPosts: 5,418 Admiral
    In the 80's and 90's the dress code was ties, nice slacks and dress shirt in the office, now we're wearing jeans, polo shirts and occasionally a T-shirt.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 9,721 Admiral
    vonnick52 wrote: »
    I am wearing basketball shorts with grease stains on them, mismatched black socks of 2-3" different lengths, and camo crocs. Will throw on a white tee to go into town here shortly.
    Well,you ARE from Ohio.:grin
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • GardawgGardawg Posts: 7,952 Admiral
    a tie ain't nothing but a leash

    it's all about control
    “Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.

    Heres Tom with the Weather.”
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 7,860 Admiral
    Photos like these make me shake my head and thank God I was born in the era I was born.

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    5b0ccacaf3dcbfa72f2624dbe8969af8.jpg

    Although, back then, even I could probably have caught big fish. :fishing

    I used to have a job where I could wear flip flops, shorts and T shirts to work. Now the moment I get home I get into shorts and a T. Besides work, I very rarely wear jeans or shoes. On the colder days, I will put on a sweatshirt, but keep the shorts and flip flops.

    Captain Todd Approves

  • vonnick52vonnick52 Posts: 109 Deckhand
    ANUMBER1 wrote: »
    Well,you ARE from Ohio.:grin

    Indiana*

    Don't let it happen again.
  • kilboarkilboar Posts: 53 Deckhand
    It's not easy looking like you don't care what you look like.
  • gregglgreggl Posts: 21,594 Officer
    it starts going downhill if ya gotta wear shoes.
  • ParkerboyParkerboy Posts: 6,951 Admiral
    To quote the great ZZ Top, "Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man."
    Deo Vindice
  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 11,068 AG
    Parkerboy wrote: »
    To quote the great ZZ Top, "Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man."
    By some of the responses they're some that just don't get it.

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  • gregglgreggl Posts: 21,594 Officer
    hipsters
  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,743 Admiral
    "Sharp dressed" ends when you cross over from Palm Beach to Martin County
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  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 9,721 Admiral
    vonnick52 wrote: »
    Indiana*

    Don't let it happen again.
    ****!
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
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