I had been meaning to pick up a Seventies sports themed novelty sweater for some time, but never quite found the right one at the right price. But several weeks ago I ran across this one that had all the correct boxes ticked. It was blue, golf-themed, and priced nicely.
This type of sweater is a bit of a puzzle to me, mainly because I do not remember them from my younger days. Maybe it was because I was in high school and college during the years these seem to have been made, and our tastes were a little more hippie. Or maybe it was because I was not a part of the golfing set. For whatever reason I don’t remember this trend at all, and these sweaters were not limited to golf themes. What seem to be the two biggest producers, Andreno Argenti and Cyn Les, both manufactured in Taiwan and all the sweaters were made from acrylic. The large majority of Argenti sweaters I found were golf themed, but Cyn Les did a wide variety of these, some of which had sayings embroidered on the sleeves.
I’ve looked at a lot of these lately in the sales pages of etsy and ebay. Some sellers have them listed as 1950s, especially a cardigan version. But I think that the Taiwan manufacture and the acrylic fiber points to the late Sixties and into the Seventies. I don’t mind being contradicted if any reader has a better memory of these. At any rate, mine is from the early Seventies, with that scooped neck and long, skinny line of the torso.
I can never seem to get the color right in my photos, but here are close-ups of the machine embroidery. It was actually very nicely done.