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The Eveready Sportsman’s Hand Book, Circa 1914

Never judge a booklet by its cover, I say.  Attracted by the woman in her middy dress, I opened this up to find some great illustrations of sportswomen, not men.

Eveready traces their roots to 1896, but the company was not called Eveready until 1914.  They had obtained the patent for the flashlight which they produced along with the batteries to power them.

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This little promotional booklet really does have hints for the sportsperson, but the best parts are the illustrations along with poems that describe each scenario.  The “girl” in each is holding and using her Eveready to help her in her quest for sport and health.  Note that the Sight-Seeing Girl seems to be in charge of the tour of the ancient ruins.


The Motor Boat Girl needs no headlamp as long as she has her Eveready handy.

The Hunting Girl is not afraid because she is fully equipped with her flashlight. Of course toting a firearm might add to the secure feeling as well.

Night fishing, anyone?

And of course The Camping Girl is in charge of the cooking pot.

The Motoring Girl is most useful when holding the Eveready for the man who can fix her motorcar. And note the hint of Motoring Girl’s reckless driving!



Filed under Collecting, Curiosities, Sportswear

Vintage Styleknit Sweatshirt Sports Cardigan

This is the find that I nearly overlooked.  Flipping through the rack at the antique mall, at first I thought this was just a modern sweatshirt.  But something about the feel of it made me stop and take a closer look.  I’m glad I did because this is a hard-to-find vintage sports cardigan.  My guess is that it is from the late 1940s or early 50s.

It’s made from cotton knit fleece, like sweatshirt fabric, a fabric that I’ve seen in catalogs dating back to at least the 1910s.  The seams are overlocked, and the label is printed onto cotton tape.

Styleknit: Made to Fit

The buttons are a hard, clear plastic that has yellowed slightly.

See the thread loop to the left of the buttonhole?  Does anyone have an idea as to its purpose?  There is also a loop on the inside.

I’m always so happy to find older active sportswear.  It is relatively scarce because this is just not the type of thing that people tended to save.    That is, unless you are like me.  I saved relatively few clothing items from my youth and young adulthood, but among them is my favorite heathery purple sweatshirt.


Filed under Sportswear, Vintage Clothing, Winter Sports