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


Knights of the Sandcastle- Ray Jewelers 1950s Nat Nast Bowling Shirt

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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{Snapshot Gallery} Vintage 1950s Frat Fun Madness

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Some outrageous vintage summer memories from the mud fields of a mysterious 1950s American University Fraternity . . .

Bad boys and leaders. Rebels in all of us.

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After you guys are done in the mud, make sure to head over

to the {SHOP} to grab yourself a new outfit!

But first, hit the showers!!!

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{“Howl with the Wolves” to Latin}

Lest we forget . . . 

Until next time,

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1940s Rebel Teen Skater Boy {Vintage Street Style Inspiration}

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Some things are simply forever. Diamonds, of course, being one of them, but beyond that we must conclude on Style – an eternal force that can elevate you beyond the realm of time and place, and if you play your cards right, you might just live forever.

Case in point this lovely handsome bad-ass 1940s rebel teen skater boy, we have here….

This photograph is a perfect example of how Style can truly live forever. If I didn’t tell you that the photograph was taken in the 1940s (the snapshot is stamped June 3, 1940 to be exact), you could probably trick someone into believing it was taken maybe yesterday in black and white with a few vintage props. What is it exactly that tricks us into this magic? Well, no trick at all. It’s simply the lasting power of a classic look.

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Even while surfing the sidewalks, a pair of pressed khaki trousers seems to do this bad boy fine; and paired with a well fitted black graphic sweater – this look couldn’t be more on point. Round it out with that sickening hair style (a casual part, ruffled by the wind)  and I’d say he looks 2013 bound for me.

So while we’re used to the baggy shorts and zippered hoodies of skater kids of late; we hope all you fine rebels out there can take a note from our wicked skater boy and his style savvy ways, to promote a handsomer approach to being free. Doesn’t mean you have to lose yourself, just check yourself before you wreck yourself.

It’s time to join the pack, and carry on in the lineage of classic style, and keeping cool under pressure. Don’t you agree?

Must have been a real heart breaker, that one . . .

Until next time my vintage friends and fiends!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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