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Parka

1951 (designed), April 1953 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This parka was originally made as standard US Army issue in the early 1950s. In the 1960s, members of the Mod movement purchased parkas from Army surplus stores for their own personal use. These coats were lightweight, warm, and affordable, and were worn while riding one's scooter to protect the wearer from the weather.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Nylon, cotton, silk and wool, with shag lining
Brief Description
Ex-US Army Issue parka, nylon, cotton, silk and wool, with shag lining, made by Vanderbilt Shirt Company for United States Army, USA, designed 1951, made April 1953.
Physical Description
Ex-US Army Issue parka of 50% nylon, 50% cotton, silk-backed, uncut wool, shag lining, with 'U.S. ARMY' patch stitched on the front.
Dimensions
  • Weight: 2kg
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
'U.S. ARMY' (Inscription on patch stitched on the front)
Object history
Worn by an English Mod in the 1960s.



Purchased. Registered File number 1993/2173.
Summary
This parka was originally made as standard US Army issue in the early 1950s. In the 1960s, members of the Mod movement purchased parkas from Army surplus stores for their own personal use. These coats were lightweight, warm, and affordable, and were worn while riding one's scooter to protect the wearer from the weather.
Bibliographic Reference
De La Haye, Amy and Cathie Dingwall, eds. Surfers Soulies Skinheads & Skaters: Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties. London: Victoria and Albert Publications, 1996.
Collection
Accession Number
T.461-1994

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record createdApril 15, 2009
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