Thursday, 29 September 2011

Jacket, If You're Real, Where's Yer Bin?

The heading's a throwback so to speak to my last post. (They talk like that in the village I come from. At least they used to. Now they're all posh and talk 'proper! All fur coat and no knickers as they used to say!) But I digress. 'Where's yer bin' refers to an article of clothing that hangs on the door of the 'bar' in my 'outhouse' to which I frequently retire when I wish to let the world go by. This particular item is a jacket I bought at a a jukebox fair in Kempton Park a couple of years ago. I like this jacket, I am intrigued by it and I would love to know more about it. It is undoubtedly from the USA. It has the label 'BUTWIN, 'The Champion of Jackets, Minneapolis, MN. Made in the USA. (There is a label inside, not very clear that seems to say union made in USA, ACTWU plus other numbers also not very clear that may be batch numbers.) I presume it is college student apparel. I also presume it was owned by a male rather than a female; the fact that it carries the 'monika' Ken is surely proof. One reason I bought it being a 'Ken' myself! And I presume its original owner liked his jacket or else why would he add adornments. Is it the type/style of jacket still worn or can the 'more with it' out there date it particularly to an 'era'. I can picture young 'fella my lad' Ken proudly showing off to the girls in his fabulous jacket. Oh to be young again! What is the significance of the 90 and the 'sergeants' stripes? (Not really sergeants stripes?)And presumably the letter H is important. The badges too are interesting. Do the 'young uns' buy them or are they awarded? One suggests the badge holder is special. (Badge indicates 'Outstanding High School Students of America. OHSA.) Of the four other 'medalions/badges', three are marked Solo, one Ensemble. By browsing the internet I am aware of Minnisota High School, but have no real awareness as to the scale of American secondary education and Minnisota High School in particular. I assume 'my' jacket perhaps once graced the back of a diligent, hard working pupil of this establishment. Who knows, and where are you now, my boy. What did those far off days do for you? The whole thing reminds me of the films Grease and Saturday Night Fever. Please remember, what might be obvious to you is not necessarily so to myself. But the power of the internet being what it is, who knows. And the last post did talk of the world being a global village. Any information gratefully received.There again it could of course be a copy mass produced to sell to gullible old English geriatrics. The world is full of copies. I have amongst my 'treasures' tickets to both Elvis and Rolling Stones concerts. I even have greeting cards sent by Hitler at Christmas, 1943. Not to me I hasten to add! Genuine, I would have thought no chance. But in a way it doesn't matter. I can still shut my eyes and dream of Ken 'walking the walk' presumbly years and years ago. (You might find the post I did on the 17th February interesting. 'All Is Often Not What It Seems.' 17th February 201o. This concerned the poem Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. I was taken in by this poem, origination, the grand old US of A.) Does lightning ever strike twice.


Ruth said...

The H means the person got a letter for sports. Participants in high school sports received a letter for playing team sports. For example, I attended Roxborough High and was on the tennis team, thus my letter was R. The letter could be sewn on to a jacket like the one you have. The medals sound like they were for playing in a band - maybe the marching band - or some other band; hard to say.

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

Can't add anything to your jacket search but I do love the look of your retreat :-)

Debbie said...

Ruth has it right. It is a High School Letter jacket. It is a style that is still pretty common. On the right sleeve there is a football so that would be the sport that Ken played. The #90 would have been his jersey number. The stripes would be for the number of years he lettered. (played football) I see he was also in Student Council. He would have won a school wide vote to be in the Student Council, so that would have made him pretty popular. The medals are for playing in a special concert band. My guess would be one just for the Choir from the Concert Choir decal.

I love your Jacket. Ken would have worn it with honor and it would have made an impression on the girls for sure!

Star said...

"All fur coat and no knickers"...ha ha ha, that's a great one! I'm going to try to use it as often as possible! Thanks for your wonderful posts.

Shammickite said...

I see young people wearing jackets like that all the time, but I'm not really sure about the meaning of all those insignia, but I think a former commenter has given you a thourough explanation.
BTW, my mother's expression (in comparison to your fur coat and no knickers statement) was "Red Hat and no drawers". I use it all the time. Unfortunately I belong to the Red Hat Ladies!!!!!!

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Stuff & Bunches said...

A very nice jacket. I would agree with Ruth about it being a letter jacket. The medals look like some my husband had for track but I once again agree with Ruth that they must be for band. The colors may indicate what school it is from, but some schools here have the same colors. I attended two different high schools in Minnesota and each had different colors. The first one was black and gold and the second blue and white. If there were a mascot on the jacket it would tell you more about the school. My first schools mascot was a cougar. I would guess it was a public school because I didn't see these when I attended my second school which was private. It has been awhile since I was in school but usually you received letters as a junior or senior. Not everyone receives one of these so Ken must have been diligent!

whitepinapple said...

Hi Ken, nice jacket. Ruth and Debbie got it right. It's a high school letterman jacket. The jacket's design is based on the school colors. The patches represent any athletics and academic clubs he participated in.
I still have my jacket from 10 years ago. I was a cross-country runner, played soccer (aka football), and had fairly good grades. So my jacket has patches of running shoes, small soccer balls, and patch that reads "scholar." If a student won any awards they often pinned them to the jacket, which is what the medals are. Some students have their names embroidered on the back. Does your jacket have that?

Unknown said...

I have to agree that that is one nice jacket though I can't give any useful input on it!

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Thanks everyone.

Can someone help.
I try and visit and get this message on some of your blogs.

Input error Cookie value null.
Input error for FormRestoration.

What does this mean. Am I doing something wrong on my visits???

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Thanks to everyone who helped
I can understand a bit more concerning young American students now. Good luck to them all, you are only young once.

Still having computer problems. Evidently to do with servers. Do not think me rude if I dont comment on your blogs. I am trying.

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