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The Secret of the Vibrant Green Vintage Nat Nast Bowling Shirt . . .


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A rather fantastic thing happened the other day.

It seems that one of our recent sales, a vibrant turquoise 1950’s Nat Nast bowling shirt that featured a fantastic diamond embossed on the back ( ‘Ray Jewlers’ it proudly proclaims in the most elegant lettering), was embedded with some very strange history. . .

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It always seemed to possess a mysterious energy, and was for so long, a most precious piece of our collection. Excited to have found a home for this exquisite find, we would never have expected to learn what would soon be revealed and unraveled.

Upon undergoing some alterations to properly suit its new owner, some peculiar mysteries emerged. Embedded within the collar stays was a very old social security card for “Charles Beckweth, Born 1929” that was halved and in a fragile state.

Looking into a bit more about the mystery man uncovered an important man in history. . .

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Charles Beckwith, or “Chargin’ Charlie’”was a Korea & Vietnam Vet and Colonel with the United States Army and is accredited with creating “DELTA FORCE”.

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Footballer and frat boy, this Delta (of the Sigma Chi Fraternity of The University of Georgia) rose the ranks of the United States military system, and was also able to have some fun in-between, by the looks of this incredible shirt.

But why was his social security card cut in half and used as collar stays? Was getting dressed to impress a smart way to go undercover? Dapper “Dean” makes a statement to not make a statement. If you’re found dead, then they have something to properly identify you by when looking in the collar? This is the secret of the Nat Nast shirt.

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That “vibrant green bowling shirt” was already unforgettable, but this truly shows how remarkable the history behind vintage pieces can be. It’s a powerful force really, and the mystery of it all is undoubtedly part of the fun.

We might never know the full truth of the Nat Nast shirt and its secret history, but we will enjoy knowing that this shirt truly was something special.

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{PAST} Owner of the Nat Nast “vibrant green bowling shirt” from The Eye of Faith Vintage

{January 22, 1929 – June 13, 1994}

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Just another example of the magic of vintage and all its fascinating glory.

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{Monday Music Minute} Annette Hanshaw’s “Pagan Love Song”

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Known as “The Personality Girl”, Annette Hanshaw was a popular chanteuse of the 1920s who brought a modern spirit to the classic ingenue. She was signed with Pathe records, and later married label executive Herman Rose, effectively retiring from entertainment altogether.

While for many years it was believed the actress had begun her singing career shortly after her 16th birthday, it has been recently revealed that, in fact, Hanshaw was born in 1901, and not 1910, making her 25 at the time of her first recording in 1926.

The wonderful, beautiful, gorgeous, Annette Hanshaw

She was a prolific performer (with over 780 recordings!), and made records under dozens of pseudonyms including Gay Ellis for sentimental songs, Dot Dare and Patsy Young (for Betty Boop impressions), as well as Ethel Bingham, Marion Lee, Janet Shaw, and Lelia Sandford. And while she made an attempt at a comeback later in her life, the demos were never released.

We bring you now her 1929 classic “Pagan Love Song” to drift away with, and help enjoy the day. . . her voice is the pinnacle of that 1920s sound, and is as fresh and true as ever. It’s the perfect song for these hot and lazy summer days.

Please enjoy, and look for more of Annette Hanshaw‘s wonderful recordings (we are blessed to have them) !

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