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Jamacia Shirt by Caribbean Rose

I love clothing that is travel themed, but I really rarely buy what is a purely tourist piece.  Above you can see an exception to that rule.  The shirt’s print is advertising Jamaica and various hotels and resorts there.  But what is really love is the “beachcomber” design.  It has ziz-zagged edges to mimic those of Robinson Crusoe.

My best guess it that it is from the early to mid 1960s.  I haven’t taken the time to research the places mentioned though, and I suspect doing do will confirm (or not!) my guess.  I did find the perfect website to start my search, Jamaica Hotel History.  It’s almost like the universe wants to make this search super simple.

The label gives no information as to where it was made, but this type of printed tag is pretty common on old tourist pieces.

In 1960 the Disney version of The Swiss Family Robinson was released, so it could be that people were looking for a beachcomber type thing.  And in some of the early 1960s beach movies, some of the characters were things with similar edges.  It must have been a beach thing.

And now, on to the search!


Filed under Collecting, Curiosities, Vintage Clothing

Currently Reading: See the USA – The Art of the American Travel Brochure

If you like old travel brochures and the types of ads I post here, you are going to love See the USA  ~ The Art if the American Travel Brochure by John Margolies and Eric Baker.  It’s the only book I know of on the subject, and it’s full of the greatest images from the first half of the 20th Century.

Today on our vacations, we often expect to be entertained.  at some destinations, a visitor is more of a spectator than an active participant.  But in the days before theme parks and mega-aquariums, a tourist went places to not only “see” something, but to “do” as well.  And the travel brochures of the time reflect this, with lots of swimming, golfing, hiking and skiing represented.  Of course, people still take active vacations, but many times they are the exception, rather than the rule.

Just to tempt you, here are a few brochures from the book, but click the link to Amazon to get your own copy.


See The Usa: The Art Of The American Travel Brochure

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